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."

Green to Pierce: You don't get farewell tour; Pierce to Green: You blew 3-1 lead

Green to Pierce: You don't get farewell tour; Pierce to Green: You blew 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: 'Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer'

Ainge: 'Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer'

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.