Danny Ainge wasn’t quite saying goodbye to it, not yet anyway. However Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald caught up with the C’s president of basketball operations over the weekend and got Ainge to reflect on a very interesting question: Did his team maximize its production during the Big 3 era? Here’s a sampling of what Ainge had to say in the terrific piece
“Hey, there’s always more that we all can do, so, no, I won’t say that things have gone perfect and that we’ve gotten all the people that we’ve wanted,” said Ainge. “But within the sort of structure that we have and the business model we have, I think we’ve done a good job in putting players around them.
“But, no, there’s things that I wish had gone differently. There are decisions that I would have done different if I had to do them over again. But I don’t think many of those decisions prevented us from winning. I don’t think that in 2010 there was anything that I would have done different that prevented us from winning.
“And this year things didn’t go real well physically, health-wise, for our team, and I think that if they had gone better we would have had a better chance.”
As for what moves he regrets, he said, “There’s a few guys, minimum contracts where you had some opportunities, and you picked some right ones and you picked some wrong ones that might have helped our team in a different fashion. But coaches don’t coach perfect and GMs don’t make every decision perfect and players don’t make every decision perfect. But I feel like organizationally we’ve done very well over the last five years.”
It’s not over for them, at least not yet. Ainge didn’t address the future specifically on his veterans in this piece. However, when you read the way he talks about it, it’s tough not to think it might be coming to an end sooner than later. Here’s what Ainge had to say on the future:
“My objective is never to stay the course,” said Ainge. “My objective is to get better each and every year, so every year is a new year and every year is a re-evaluation of what you have. The fact that they’re still here is a testament to them and how good of players they’ve been.”