Ainge: Things we lost we were able to replace


Ainge: Things we lost we were able to replace

When you lose a future Hall of Famer, the NBA's most prolific three-point shooter of all time, conventional wisdom might say that your team is going to take a hit. But the Celtics don't feel that way.

Though Ray Allen is now with the Miami Heat, the Celtics had a very busy summer revamping their roster, and they're happy with the results. Guys like Jason Terry and Courtney Lee were key acquisitions and should help the Celtics survive -- if not thrive -- after losing Allen.

"Even though it wasn't the exact way we wanted to go, I feel like the things that we lost we were able to replace in a big way," Danny Ainge said.

"Knowing that we lost Ray . . . to not only make up for that, but to kinda like add more I thought that was a tremendous job by ownership and Danny," said Paul Pierce.

Doc Rivers also played a role in bringing in certain pieces. As one of the most well-liked coaches in the league, Rivers was deployed by the Celtics when a player -- like Lee, for example -- might need an extra nudge to come to Boston.

"I felt like the closer in some big deal," Rivers said. "Danny would set it all up and then say go in and close the deal. That's how it felt sometimes."

To see how Rivers, Ainge and Pierce felt about offseason moves, check out the video above.

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity


Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”