BOSTON — There is no love lost among the Boston Celtic and Miami Heat players.
Apparently that disdain extends to their front offices as well, with C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Heat president Pat Riley exchanging some pretty hard-hitting verbal shots at one another.
Miami's LeBron James complained about the fouls committed against him being a bit excessive in the Heat's loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier this week which snapped their franchise-record 27 game winning streak.
Ainge, when asked about it during his weekly radio interview, said that it was "embarassing" that James was griping about fouls called.
And Riley's response to Ainge's comments?
"He (Ainge) needs to STFU and manage his own team," Riley said via a Heat spokesman. "He (Ainge) was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who played for Riley in New York, was aware of the comments prior to tonight's game against Atlanta.
"I think it's funny," Rivers said. "I think it's very interesting."
Rivers quipped, "I think it's cool. I think they should duke it out."
When asked if their verbal tiff would add to a potential playoff series between Boston and Miami, Rivers said, "not unless they're playing. I just think it's just talk, both ways. I'll let those two grown men handle their own grown men argument. I'm going to stay out of it. On a side note, it gives me a smile and it's interesting. It's a flashback."