Boston Celtics

Ainge defends Perkins trade 'as of today'

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Ainge defends Perkins trade 'as of today'

Danny Ainge tells Comcast SportsNet New England's Greg Dickerson that he has no second thoughts -- at the moment -- about the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.

But ask him again in a few months, and he might have a different answer.

"I would do the trade over again in a heartbeat, as of today," said Ainge. "But at the end of the season, I'll look at all the things and I'll be the first one to say . . . some things that we could have done or that we didn't, or things that we did do that we shouldn't have."

Ainge flatly rejected the notion that the Celtics lost their toughness with the trade of Perkins.

"That would embarrass me if I was Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce or Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo or whoever else," he said. "We got one guy that's tough? That's ridiculous . . .

"It's a team thing. It has nothing to with the presence of one guy."

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.