A lot of people owe Danny Ainge an apology.
When Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, pulled off a series of stunning moves last summer by shipping Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett out of town and bidding adieu to Doc Rivers in one eventful week, a large number of Celtics fans were understandably upset. Ainge picked up a few new nicknames, not all of them flattering, for his work in dismantling what was left over from the franchise’s most recent NBA championship.
Now, those moves don’t look so bad. The Celtics visited the Nets and host the Clippers this week in a quick two-day spin down memory lane. But things haven’t gone as planned. The Nets are wallowing near the bottom of the standings. The Clippers have played well, but haven’t been overly impressive. Neither team looks like the title contender it envisioned.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are on a roll. They have won three straight games and six out of eight to take over first place in the Atlantic Division, and rookie coach Brad Stevens looks to be as good as advertised. It’s questionable whether even Rivers could have done better than Stevens with this roster.
NESN.com NBA editor Ben Watanabe and NESN Sports Today anchor Adam Pellerin took part in their weekly sitdown conversation about the Celtics and other things NBA. Both have come away impressed by the Celtics and flabbergasted by the Nets, although they still think there is one team in a bigger mess than Brooklyn.
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