Danny Ainge Rumors
Chris Forsberg: During his weekly call to Boston sports radio 98.5, Ainge said, “Avery is so critical, such a critical piece of our future, I’m certainly not going to allow Avery to go out at less than 100 percent. … I know Avery is fighting at the bit; he would try to pay under any circumstance if he could run. I will prevent and intervene there to keep Avery from jeopardizing himself and making sure he doesn’t make a bad decision.” Ainge did not that the injury is, “not as bad as it could have been, he’s much better, but I think it’s a long shot that Avery will be back in this series.
Chris Forsberg: Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted that Avery Bradley suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Game 1 and dubbed him a “long shot” to play again in the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Isaiah Thomas: I passed my physical that night, and while the Celtics were in Sacramento playing the Kings, I watched the game with Danny Ainge in his office — just me and the GM. We talked about the team, about the trade, about me. And he said something to me I couldn’t believe. “Isaiah … the way you play the game of basketball, you could be a Celtics legend.” A Celtics legend? I thought he was crazy — like he was just caught up in the excitement and hype of making a big trade.
Still, it caught some off-guard when Ainge told the morning show something he’s said before: “I believe the extraordinary is possible, but I do not look at our team as a team that is a title contender. But like I always say. I think that it’s most important what they think. I hope that they believe differently.”
And the Celtics seemed to have no real problem with Ainge and his comments. “I don’t really have an opinion on it,” Turner said. “It is what it is. You know, he’s been around for a long time and he’s put together a championship contender team. So that’s just a personal opinion. But that’s why you play the games, you know?”