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"In 1989, Larry had a bad back and two Achilles tendon surgeries and Kevin had a screw put in his foot. They weren't the same," Ainge said. "They weren't near the same players from that point on that they were in 1985, '86 and '87 when they were two of the best players in all of basketball." Randy Auerbach said her father never seriously considered trading Bird and McHale. And if he had, her mother, Dorothy, would have talked him out of it. Randy Auerbach also said the Boston media would have "ostracized" her father if he traded two of the franchise's biggest stars. "Knowing my father, I don't think trading them was an option," Randy Auerbach said. "If you look at his track record, he had more players start and finish their careers with the Celtics than any other team. That's Celtic pride. "Players didn't come and go then. I don't recognize half the team now." Yahoo! Sports
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