In what has become must-listen radio every Thursday morning on Toucher & Rich, Danny Ainge joined the guys to talk on a number of topics, specifically the future of the numbers in the rafters at the TD Garden.
Ainge told Toucher and Rich he very much expects for Pierce and Garnett’s number will be retired in the coming years. However, when being asked about the third member of the Big Three in Ray Allen,
“I’m not sure yet.” Ainge said about Allen’s number. “I don’t know the answer to that. It will be something the ownership of the team will decide. Who knows what happens when those guys careers are over and time settles in.”
Ainge also addressed whether Allen’s departure for Miami will have an effect on the Celtics decision to retire or not retire his number:
“I think that’s obviously somewhat of a factor. But I think time heals those hurts, and logic will take over,” said Ainge. “The question is did he play long enough and that kind of thing? There are a lot of great Celtics in history, and Ray Allen is certainly one of them. I know there will be consideration and discussion about that happening. We’ll see.”
Ainge also addressed questions on the trade market for Rondo in the interview: “Yeah, but I think everyone is just fishing right now. I don’t think they are anticipating anything happening. This is the time of the year where everyone is putting their toe in the water and getting started. I don’t know the answer to that with any of our players right now, what the value is. It only takes two teams to do a deal, but there will be a lot of conversation over the next few weeks over a lot of players around the league.”
Finally, Ainge gave Brad Stevens a strong vote of confidence despite Boston losing 18 of their last 21 games:
“Absolutely not. I’m much more inclined to give Brad Stevens an extension after working with him through this first season than I am of questioning whether he’s a good coach or not. He’s a great coach, he’s going to get better and he is learning. He’s very competent, hard-working, (and has) great integrity. All the things we said when we hired him are still there and still true.”
You can listen to the full interview at the Toucher & Rich page on CBSBostonSports.com.