HoopsHype Danny Ainge rumors

March 27, 2014 Updates

“Sometimes when you’re a coach and you’re part of the staff you have to know when to say things and when not to say things. I think it’s probably a good learning experience for Scal. A head coach needs one hundred percent support and he needs everybody to have his back. It’s really important to have that loyalty and support from everyone.” We know the White Mamba has hung up his sneakers for good, but is a return to Boston as a coach a possibility? Ainge didn’t rule it out. “I would consider Scal if we had openings for a lot of positions in our organization. I have a lot of respect for Scal, his knowledge and his work ethic. Absolutely.” CBS Local

Danny Ainge will be watching when the NCAA tournament resumes tonight, but he won’t be watching the same way you or I will. The numbers matter little to the Celtics president of basketball operations. “I’m looking at the ‘why’ of what’s happening,” Ainge said. “I’m not looking at the box score to determine whether a player is playing well or looking at what people’s expectations might be. I’m looking (at) why is he playing well? Or, why is he not playing well? How is he defending? How is he interacting with his teammates? How does he respond to adversity? I’m looking at a whole gamut of things, trying to get the full picture of the player, because so much of it is trying to predict who that player can become, not just who he is right now.” Boston Herald

“Listen, there’s the whole bunch of players that averaged 10 points a game in their college careers and then have a blow-up game in the NCAA tournament, and everyone gets all excited about them,” he said. “But they really are the 10-point-a-game player. They’re not that guy that had the unbelievable game in the NCAA tournament. And there are guys that score 20 points a game in their conference and have a bad NCAA game, and they’re typically more the guy that scored 20 points a game in their conference than the guy who had the bad game in the tournament.” Boston Herald

March 25, 2014 Updates

Following a weekend in which Kansas and Duke freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker disappointed in the NCAA Tournament, Ainge was asked how this draft class compares to last year’s, which most analysts pegged as relatively weak. “I think it’s maybe a little bit better by comparison, but it’s not even close to one of the best draft classes in the last 10 years,” Ainge said. Boston Globe

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It’s been difficult for Grousbeck to watch consistent losses, focus on development more than victories, and cross his fingers for a high lottery pick rather than watch his skilled squad crush playoff opponents, as it did for most of the past six years. “I think since 2007 we knew this year was coming,” said Grousbeck, whose team is 22-43 entering Friday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. “We didn’t know when it would be, probably thought it would be before 2014. The fact that Brad is here and Danny is at the top of his game makes it easier for me as CEO to get through this year because I think we have the pieces in place for our next run as a contender. We have our coach, our GM, a bunch of young kids and a bunch of draft picks, so I feel like we’re better off. Boston Globe

March 5, 2014 Updates

“We’ve had a culture that has been a little different. It has been a great culture of winning, which is very important, and these kind of things have happened. We had a head coach that lived in a different city and would take different planes to different cities. We’ve had KG, who I think Rondo has learned more from as a leader and a pro than any other player. KG didn’t sit on the bench when he didn’t play, and Rondo has been doing that for every game, except that Sacramento game and Milwaukee game – which we held him back." CBS Local

“What happened was he stayed in [Los Angeles],” said Ainge. “He let [head coach] Brad [Stevens] know and he let me know that he was going to stay in L.A. an extra day, and we didn’t think that he should. But it was his choice and (we told him) there may be consequences if you stay. It was that simple. In the end, him and I had a long talk about it. He planned it before and he had reason to believe it would be OK,” explained Ainge. “I understand his reason because of what he’s grown up with and what he’s witnessed. You won’t see it happen again, and we’ve just moved on from it.” CBS Local

“I think that now Rondo understands more clearly what we want out of him as a captain,” said Ainge. “That we want him on the road with the team, and his leadership on the bench is important whether he plays or doesn’t.” CBS Local

March 1, 2014 Updates

Nearly a week since he missed a team trip to Sacramento to stay in Los Angeles and celebrate his 28th birthday, Rajon Rondo has hashed out the issue with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who said he was satisfied with the point guard’s explanation. “It was between Rondo and I, and I learned some things that I didn’t know and we had a long conversation about it and I’m satisfied with it,” Ainge told the Globe. “He learned from it, too. Let’s move on.” Boston Globe

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That doesn’t appear to be the case. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said yesterday he is still looking into the situation. “I plan on talking to Rondo when he gets back into town,” he told the Herald. “I’ll find out more about what went into it, and then we’ll handle it internally. We handle all of those kind of issues internally.” Boston Herald

February 20, 2014 Updates

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