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Ainge: 'Doc is always unsure'

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07:09 AM ET 05.10 | Just how much of the band will get back together in Boston? [In a WEEI radio interview, Danny Ainge] said he is giving both [Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett] space to make decisions about their futures, but has no reason to believe that, with both under contract with the team next season, they won't return. "Doc is always unsure [about his future]," said Ainge. "Coaching is very, very draining. Every year with Doc, he's had to go home and sort of recharge and ask himself that question, 'Is this something that I'm passionate about and want to continue doing?' I understand that. And we sorta give him time to unwind and relax, and after a couple of 92s on the golf course, he usually comes back."

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May 10, 2013  08:25 AM ET

What is a surety though is ineptness of Ainge. He needs to go.

May 10, 2013  08:31 AM ET

KG should have taken the trade to the Clipps. The trade will likely happen now if CP3 stays in LA.

May 10, 2013  09:44 AM ET

LA Is Greater Than Boston, Bro.

May 10, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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KG should have taken the trade to the Clipps. The trade will likely happen now if CP3 stays in LA.

Obviously none of us can possibly know what any of these players are thinking, so we can only draw conclusions based on what we know and what we would likely do if we were in their shoes based on that. So with that said, if I were CP3 I wouldn't stay with the Clippers. Money is nice, but its something he doesn't need, and doesn't seem to be his primary motivation.The Clippers looked good this season, but how many times have we seen that? A year or two of promise to be followed by more years of scraping barnacles from beneath the hull of a sinking ship.

Things can change fast in the NBA. For better or for worse. If you can help it, you want to be with a franchise with a winning culture. The Clippers are not that.

May 10, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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What is a surety though is ineptness of Ainge. He needs to go.

I'm inclined to agree with this. I've always thought that he seems (more or less) to want to keep the team bordering on mediocrity. At the same time, any success the team achieves is largely due to Doc, with whom I've also had my share of questions.

May 10, 2013  09:50 AM ET

please get a legit big man Ainge, so that KG won't have to play so hard and out of position. the move to center should have only been temporary not long term.

May 10, 2013  09:50 AM ET

please get a legit big man Ainge, so that KG won't have to play so hard and out of position. the move to center should have only been temporary not long term.

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May 10, 2013  10:11 AM ET

It's time for Boston to rebuild. They need to trade their assets (KG and PP) and get younger. This current crew may not even make it back to the playoffs next year.

May 10, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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It's time for Boston to rebuild. They need to trade their assets (KG and PP) and get younger. This current crew may not even make it back to the playoffs next year.

They can make it back if Rondo can still be what he was. They probably won't go deep though.

May 10, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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would you throw $ at blatche ?

for the vet minimum? sure. but he's still only a 4 and plays like one, not really a center. either way, it may be too late now anyway if all signs are pointing to years of rebuild.

May 10, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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for the vet minimum? sure. but he's still only a 4 and plays like one, not really a center. either way, it may be too late now anyway if all signs are pointing to years of rebuild.

Rondo must be limping around really pissed off right about now.

May 10, 2013  11:36 AM ET

The guy whose future should be unsure is Ainge. He has refused (and continue to do so) to make the tough decisions needed to build a championship team.

Trading KG and Pierce is not an option. No team is going to take on Pierce's $16 million salary or the two years owed Garnett. They should both be encouraged to retire.

May 10, 2013  12:08 PM ET
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It kinda sounds like ainge is making jokes, rather than being serious about making the tough decisions about the team.

I agree....

Life without DOC will not bode well for the Cs....

May 10, 2013  12:41 PM ET
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It kinda sounds like ainge is making jokes, rather than being serious about making the tough decisions about the team.

Ainge has been taking this type of "approach" over the past few off seasons and I think it just speaks to the relationship that he and Doc have. They're pretty comfortable with one another and have a good rapport.

It shouldn't be a "tough" decision to realize that keeping Doc in the fold is a very, very important agenda item.

May 10, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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The guy whose future should be unsure is Ainge. He has refused (and continue to do so) to make the tough decisions needed to build a championship team.Trading KG and Pierce is not an option. No team is going to take on Pierce's $16 million salary or the two years owed Garnett. They should both be encouraged to retire.

Ummm, this is ridiculous.

First of all, I have been very critical of Ainge over the years, but he did assemble a championship team who knocked down (2) EC titles and took Miami to (7) games last season. You must remember that this team endured a number of serious injuries this year that really took them out of serious contention.

I still say keeping PP & KG around is a better option.....at least one more season with everyone healthy and a retooled bench.

 
May 10, 2013  03:02 PM ET
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It's time for Boston to rebuild. They need to trade their assets (KG and PP) and get younger. This current crew may not even make it back to the playoffs next year.

How often does quick re-build work out? Remember how Jerry Krause so enthusiastically blew up the '98 Bulls after MJ "retired again after 98 season"? Well... took 'em 14 years to return to playoff.

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