Boston’s presidents of basketball operations, Danny Ainge joined Felger and Mazz late yesterday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, to cover a wide-ranging set of topics including Jeff Green’s ability, Kevin Garnett’s status and the future of Rajon Rondo. Here are a few of the more noteworthy highlights from the interview.
On KG’s status this week: “I’m not sure[when he will return]. I really don’t know. Last night, he was not only still a little bit sore, but he was sick, he had the flu. We’re being extra careful with Kevin. We don’t want him missing a short time turned into a long time, so we’ll be very careful with him and just take it day by day. I honestly don’t know. I’m not even sure if Kevin knows whether he’ll play Wednesday or Friday, or the next week. No guarantees, I don’t have timetable. I don’t know. Day to day.”
On whether Rondo or Bradley will be traded this offseason: “I can’t envision any scenario, no. I love those guys,” said Ainge. “Rondo is right in the prime of his career and Avery isn’t even there yet – he’s going to continue to get better. I think they’re a great guard combo. To even consider something like that would have to be something significant.”
On Green’s recent hot streak: “If you look at his last 23 games, since the Rondo injury, Jeff’s offensive efficiency is like fifth in the league. That’s really all you can ask for, because the way we play we need different guys. We don’t have a Durant or Kobe to score 30 points every night we need different guys to step up every night,”
On the team playing better without Rondo this year: “Our team has played better, but what’s interesting is when we went on our first winning streak Rajon was playing great basketball. Then we went on a losing streak and Rondo was one of the few guys playing good. Then Rajon gets hurt and we’ve responded well, with a couple bombs, in the last 20 games. This is the pattern we’ve been with or without Rajon,” explained Ainge. “We did the same thing last year; we were miserable and had a terrible basketball team and then we went out and had a great second half and almost got Miami.”
Interesting words, especially about KG’s status. Team obviously wisely wants to play it cautious with him. Ainge wants to defend his guys and I get that, but I’d also say that’s a bit of revisitionist history with Danny saying Rondo was playing great basketball before he went down. That’s just simply not true, but it doesn’t matter now anyway.
To listen to the full interview click HERE