The Celtics not making a move was a mild surprise, if only for Ainge’s past history at this period. Michael Felger and Chris Gasper were mocking Ainge yesterday for not making a move, even dumping their big three for draft picks. Once again, especially Felger, shows an embarrassing lack of knowledge about the NBA and the Celtics.
Felger brought up Ainge’s quotes about how he would’ve made moves that Red Auerbach supposedly turned down, and would never let the team get to that point. He mocked Ainge, saying he was afraid to make a move. That he talked a big game, but in the end couldn’t get it done.
The problem is, no one was offering Sam Perkins and Detlef Schrempf for Kevin Garnett. No one was offering Chuck Person, Herb Williams and Steve Stipanovich for Ray Allen or Paul Pierce.
As I’ve said before, Ainge has already “blown it up.” Without getting a major rebuilding piece for the future, there was no point in trading away one of the big three. Felger said how there are no worthy free agents this summer, but that’s only part of the point. Being under the cap by a large margin allows the team to take on salaries in trades, it allows great flexibility in a number of ways. Felger and Gasper were complaining that with Rondo and Pierce next year, the Celtics will likely just be a middle of the pack team, which is the worst place to be. That is true, in some ways, but they weren’t going to be any better apparently with any of the moves offered yesterday. It’s better to be under the cap and have that flexibility than to be locked up with no opportunity for movement.
I don’t know what Danny Ainge can do this summer, I just know I’d prefer that he have plenty of flexibility and room to make moves than be locked into a mediocre roster.
What Felger said yesterday was embarrassing. I don’t know why media people think it’s OK to embarrass themselves just to be edgy and controversial. It’s not entertaining.
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Fred Toucher and NESN have been in a bit of a feud over promotion of the “Cuts for a Cause” event.
NESN responded with this statement:
NESN has supported the annual Cuts for a Cause event since its inception 5 years ago, ranging from financial support, promotion within NESN’s Bruins telecasts, interviews with participants and event coverage. Fred Toucher’s tweets have accused NESN of not supporting this event and that’s simply inaccurate. NESN had already started to promote this year’s event with a story on NESN.com and promotion within our Bruins coverage. NESN will continue to support the Cuts for a Cause event in the coming days.
This wasn’t what Toucher was looking for.