Ainge: No hard feelings toward Doc

Ainge: No hard feelings toward Doc
June 26, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Danny Ainge held a press conference Tuesday to speak on the Celtics situation after the departure of head coach Doc Rivers, but that didn't mean the president of basketball operations was done answering questions.

CSNNE's Kyle Draper caught up with Ainge after the presser to further clarify where the squad stands in the wake of the Rivers trade.

Ainge was asked about the futures of aging stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and responded with praise and a hint that they still may yet put on C's uniforms this season.

"Their decline has been minimal at worst, and in some cases they have played some of the best basketball of their careers in this last year. The fact that there really haven't been opportunities to rebuild with one full swoop with trading them, it's going to be a longer process. So there is a possibility that we may enjoy them for another year and we'll see how that goes."

As for Rivers, Ainge made it clear that this decision was a collaborative effort and no tension remains between the two.

"It wasn't difficult, we've been at this a long time, both of us, and we can have frank discussions. This was something Doc wanted and I wish him well and I'm grateful for all he has given us."

"Doc is too close of a friend, we've been through too much. No animosity whatsoever."

Check out the link above to see all of what Ainge had to say.