During a Thursday interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich, Ainge fielded a question about whether his mentality has changed due to the Celtics’ recent success or the potential vulnerability of Eastern Conference opponents. “I’m certainly aware of of our competition all around the East,” Ainge replied. “It’s not from a lack of desire to want to do a trade, but as an organization we have priorities and a plan. … We’re not looking for Band-Aids and we’re not looking to give up future assets. We’re trying to build something that is a little bit more sustainable than we are to rent a player.”
November 17, 2017 | 9:08 pm EST Update
Noah chose his words carefully, admitting he’s attempting to make the best of a rotten situation and adding, “This is my reality.” On Friday against the Raptors, Noah was inactive for the third straight game since his return from a drug suspension, and coach Jeff Hornacek said he has no plans to change up.
“I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,’’ Noah said in his first comments since being reinstated. “I understand the situation. I’m going to make the best of it.” When asked if he forsees a role, Noah said, “What can I bring? I don’t know.”
TJ McBride: Nikola Jokic and former #Nuggets assistant coach — now assistant coach for the #Pelicans — Chris Finch shared a quick minute together and a hug during warmups. Finch was one of the main architects that turned the Nuggets offense into an elite group last season.
November 17, 2017 | 8:46 pm EST Update
Doc Rivers on the difference between 23-year-old and (soon to be) 33-year-old LeBron James: “I don’t see a difference except for he’s smarter. I’m amazed, really. We were laughing about it, it wasn’t so funny to us watching film. Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything. But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it.”