Ortiz: 'I was real depressed'

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Ortiz: 'I was real depressed'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz arrived in Red Sox camp Wednesday morning, giving the team a full complement of players three days before the first full-squad workout scheduled for Saturday.

After hugs, handshakes, and quintessential-Ortiz off-color greetings for players, staff, and media, Ortiz met with reporters for nearly a half-hour, touching on a plethora of subjects, including the horrific end of last season and the possibility that Ortiz would not return this year.

Asked if that would have been a difficult ending to his legacy with the Red Sox after winning two World Sereis, being a seven-time All-Star, finishing in the top five in MVP voting five times, setting the team single-season home run record Ortiz replied:

I didnt think about it because I think I did my job last year. I would have thought about that if things had gone down the way they did. My year wasnt bad last year. I was really upset because the way we finished and all the opportunities we had through the season and to just be behind by one game. All the chances we had for the season and winning games and those games walking away from us. I just didnt blame one game. I didnt blame everything on one game but the history of the whole season and everything coming down to one game. Everybody was focusing on one game but there were a lot of games we let go during the season.

We should have been on top 10 games and not being away from the playoffs because of the one game. Because like sometimes youre playing teams like Baltimore who were packing to go home. So youre playing with a lot of pressure and theyre not playing with any. And you wind up getting beat because of that. You want to be perfect in everything you do so you can win that one game and it doesnt work that way. Ive been saying that for years.

On the other hand you have a lot of opportunities to win ballgames and for any reason that doesnt happen and then you have to face the situation. I think after the season last year I was real depressed. I was so ready to go to the playoffs and it didnt happen. I remember at one point in the season I said this is the best ballclub Ive ever been on. So when youre playing that good in July and August, me personally, in my mind I was in the playoffs. Having the drop that we had, and moving forward to the end of the season when you know youre running out of chances, that wears you out.

I was like having all this stress and all the pressure that we have to win to go to the playoffs, thats pressure you have to bring to the table. After all, it was like, man, it was very disappointing. At one point I was like, Lets move on and theres nothing you can do about this year. Youve got to pull yourself together and do damage the next year.

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

Blakely: Celtics made the right choice in not pursuing Cousins

NEW ORLEANS -- There will be a significant faction of Celtics Nation who will see DeMarcus Cousins’ trade to New Orleans as a lost opportunity for the C's, who could have offered a much more enticing trade package than the one the Sacramento Kings accepted.
 
The Kings received nothing even remotely close to a king’s ransom for Cousins, acquiring him in exchange for rookie Buddy Hield, journeyman Langston Galloway and ex-Pelican Tyreke Evans (who has never been the same since his Rookie of the Year season in 2010), along with a protected first-round pick and a future second-round selection.

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While the knee-jerk reaction is to focus on why Boston decided to not pursue a trade for Cousins, more important is what the non-decision means for the moment and going forward.
 
Think about what the Celtics have done in the last three-plus seasons.
 
They went from being a lottery team to one that has the second-best record in the East. They're holding the potential No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft; at worst, the pick will be in the top four or five. They have three of the most team-friendly contracts (Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder) in the NBA. They have promising prospects overseas as well as in the D-League. And they're led by a coach who has improved his coaching acumen -- and the team’s win total -- every year he's been on the job.
 
And it's all enveloped by a culture with a high level of selflessness, which has created a locker-room environment that has been more about fighting for each other than fighting one another or others off the court.
 
Do you really think Cousins’ talent would have trumped the baggage he'd be bringing to the Celtics if they'd acquired him?
 
For him to have fit in with this team would have required him to make the kind of changes that, frankly, I just don’t see him being capable of making at this point.
 
On more than one occasion, “not fitting in” with the Celtics culture was given to me as the reason why a Cousins-to-Boston trade never gained any traction with the team’s brass. Or coaching staff, for that matter.
 
While there's no denying that he's arguably the best center in the NBA, Cousins is a high-risk, high-reward talent that makes sense to pursue if you're a franchise which has nothing to lose by adding him to the mix. Like, say, New Orleans.
 
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference despite having Anthony Davis, who has been asked to carry the weight of a franchise that has yet to figure out the best combination of talent to surround him with and find success.
 
The addition of Cousins not only provides Davis some major help, but serves as a reminder of just how desperate the Pelicans are.
 
While there are mixed reports on whether the package of assets the Kings agreed to was the best they could have received for Cousins, there was no way they were going to get anything close to comparable talent in exchange for him.
 
And that was solely due to the risk that any team was willing to take on in order to acquire him.
 
At some point, the Celtics need to take advantage of an opportunity to go all-in for a superstar player. But this was not that time, or that player.