Ainge busy before the season begins


Ainge busy before the season begins

Danny Ainge is as busy as ever. When he's not building the Celtics current roster to make a run at Banner 18, he's building for the future. Recently, he's also had to massage the ego of Rajon Rondo, who was involved in trade rumors.

Ainge sat down with Comcast SportsNet on media day to discuss what he's been up to lately.

I think that feelings get hurt and there's emotions involved when your name gets bandied around in trade rumors, unfortunately. I talk to the players about this because every player is involved in trade rumors, as Ray Allen was a few years ago. I try to be as open and honest as I can with them with what's happening. It's just the world we live in now. You're name is going to be mentioned whether it is or not. Whether you're actually involved in trade rumors or not.

Rondo and I had a long talk, I've had many conversations with his agent, and I feel like Rajon is in a very good place.

The lockout I've obviously gave as a chance to really spend more time in preparation of the short offseason and evaluating. Even though we weren't able to talk to players and agents, we were able to talk to other teams. One of my jobs during the lockout was to get an idea of the value of some of our players. What were my options, depending on what direction we wanted to move?

I was able to find out some of those things. You'd be surprised that most of those decisions are really easy to make. You don't even have to consider some. There are other trades that are a little bit enticing or intriguing. We still believe in our guys and these are the best opritons we have.

Doc Rivers and I communicate all the time anyway. It'll be Doc's choice who he wants to play, but you have to anticupate a 15-man roster utilized more than in the past. You can't establish an eight- or nine-man rotation through this kind of schedule. And anticipate there will be days off. It's wiser for our veterans to have days off. And we need to rely on our bench and even inactive players to get us through the day on many games.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”