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Ben Rohrbach: "Making the playoffs is not a goal." -- Danny Ainge, Dec. 13, 2013. Quote of the Year via @Gary Washburn. Twitter @brohrbach
A source said the Celtics are "going to make a lot of moves in the next year." While the source said Courtney Lee, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries are on the market, the team's biggest personnel question this season revolves around Avery Bradley, who they feel is their starting shooting guard for the future. Bleacher Report
In fact, that's why, according to a source, the Celtics offered him a four-year $24 million deal (with a team option on the fourth year) this past offseason, but he turned it down. That's because he wants at least $8 million per year, which another source confirmed. Bradley will be a restricted free agent next summer, so things could get "tricky," as one source said, for the Celtics to keep him. Bleacher Report
Doc Rivers returned to the Garden as head coach of the Clippers for the first time Wednesday night. The Clippers beat the Celtics, 96-88. And it was a love-fest. Doc-apalooza. Boos? It was hard to hear any anger during the resounding ovation Rivers received from the crowd when he first appeared on the parquet floor about two minutes before the conclusion of warm-ups. You would have thought Larry Bird just walked on the court. It was the same when Doc was formally introduced as “head coach of the Clippers” after the unveiling of Los Angeles’s starting lineup. Boston Globe
Doc Rivers held back tears as he addressed the media after facing the Celtics for the first time. “I’m still emotional. I though the fans were [pause] — it was just a really nice day. It’s just such a classy place here. So, it was really nice when I walked out — and I’m not used to walking out on that side — and all those people lined up. I was basically useless for the first 18 minutes of the game, I thought. “It was just nice. It didn’t surprise me, because that’s just the way they are. You’ve got to live here to understand it. It’s an amazing fan base. It really is. And I just want everything to go well for them. “That was hard. That was hard. Every time they were taking the ball out, one of their guys — Jeff [Green] and everyone — was talking to you, and you’re trying to keep focus. It’s funny. I told my coaches I needed halftime far more than the players, and I think they sensed that. You could see at halftime CP [Chris Paul] was like, ‘We got it. We got it.’ He kept saying that. So, I think they sensed that a little bit from me, and that was nice. WEEI.com
Rivers signed a five-year extension with Boston in 2011, prepared to go through the next rebuilding phase of the franchise. After skipping town for the Clippers last year, some (or most) fans feel that Rivers walked out on the team. “I did at the end of the day,” Rivers admitted. “You make choices in your life, it happens… It was a very difficult decision for me to make; whether to walk away and sit a couple of years, which was another way I was leaning, or if the right job presented itself to walk away and do that. “I was afforded a great opportunity here with the Clippers. This is the first time I’ve been able to coach a team and run a team,” Rivers continued. “This may work, it may not work. It’s a far bigger gamble for me than anyone else. So I thought it was the right time to take it.” CBS Local
The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com
It has been impressive how some of the younger Celtics -- such as Jordan Crawford or Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk -- have come along since the season started. "I don’t look at them as young players," Rondo said. "Just guys that are making the sacrifice for one another and playing for one another. I know these guys could play. I’m not excited (about people stepping up). But I’m excited to play with them.” Boston Globe
"I think because I worked and I don’t really say much, I just kinda come in, get my work in, and I think he respected that," said Bradley. "And once I got a chance to play and I was succeeding because of my hard work, he kinda respected me for that and it made him want to continue to help me become a professional, on and off the court. He was just the perfect role model for a lot of guys on the team. KG was the best teammate I ever had." Bradley said he's talked with Garnett occasionally since the trade and said Garnett offers encouragement whenever Bradley is playing well. Asked if it's hard to watch his former teammate struggle amidst the Nets' slow start, Bradley says he's been too locked in on Boston's schedule to pay too much attention to what the Nets are doing. ESPN.com
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