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07:08 AM ET 09.06 | Doc Rivers may be thousands of miles from Boston, but he's certainly close enough to hear the narrative. It's been more than two months since [Rivers] and Danny Ainge played the blame game over how exactly the former Celtics coach landed in Los Angeles in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round pick from the Clippers. Ainge claimed it was ultimately Doc's decision. Rivers presented it as part of the Celtics plan. "Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny's press conference," Rivers said during an appearance on Dennis & Callahan. ... "Other than that, Danny and I have no issues. Danny knows, just like I know, that that's not true. Listen, guys, this is old stuff. I'm here, and Danny's in Boston. You can ask Danny that more and more."

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September 6, 2013  07:59 AM ET

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September 6, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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I've always gotten the impression that Ainge just did what he wanted in spite of what players and coach thought. I first thought that when they traded Perkins. All the other players and Doc were unhappy about it.GMs have to make tough decisions though. I just don't think Doc appreciates Ainge misrepresenting him on how it played out. Hopefully both men avoid letting the press bait them into a back and forth.

Doc is not used to teaching young NBA players that the Celtics will be stuck with for the next few years. Brad Stevens on the other hand is good at that. It was a wise move on Ainge's part.

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September 6, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Doc should have just left it alone. No sense bringing it up even though it's minor. Now it will become a big deal and that little shot will become bigger...

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September 6, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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I personally side with Danny here, to me doc weaseled his way to a better situation

He did weasel his way out of Boston. Doc knew that the Celtic we're going to rebuild sooner then later. But Doc still signed that contract extension. Then when the rebuilding started it, Doc wanted to jump the ship. But he didn't want to look like a bad guy. So he told the Celtic fans he wanted to stay. Even though he was trying to get "traded" to the Clippers.

Had Doc been honest about not wanting to coach a rebuilding team. It would have been fine. But Doc had to weasel his way out and look like a good guy. The more he talks about how he left the Celtics. The more Doc's smile reminds me of a con man.

September 6, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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The media smells a story so they are going to keep digging at this for some dirt. Hopefully Ainge doesn't feel the need to respond now or it continues.

It will probably continue because a tiny fire has just been lit. Doc could have easily brushed it aside. He won't back down just like he took a shot at Bill Simmons on national TV.

September 6, 2013  09:07 AM ET

"Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny's press conference,"

"Other than that, Danny and I have no issues"

These don't sound like words of war but more like answers to questions asked by reporters. Maybe they're trying to create some Boston/L.A. friction media hype...

September 6, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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"Honestly, I was very disappointed in that part of Danny's press conference," "Other than that, Danny and I have no issues" These don't sound like words of war but more like answers to questions asked by reporters. Maybe they're trying to create some Boston/L.A. friction media hype...

Speaking of a Boston/LA friction, it's funny that the "other" LA team is part of it now.

Lakers and Celtics are known for quick recoveries and they will be back with a bang within 2-3 years, so that's the window the other teams have to make some noise.

For Doc and Clippers, if they can't get it done in the next couple years, that's their window. Same with HOU, although I think they are a wing player short.

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September 6, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Just Move On, Bro.

September 6, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Doc got out of a bad situation and into a very nice one. What was the point of this? The "get out of jail" wasn't handed to him nicely enough? Just pass GO and collect $200 already.

September 6, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Doc bolted when he saw what was coming. It is clear as day.

September 6, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Danny, get Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik for Rondo and Bass. Have some fun with Linsanity redux (Harvard man returns to ignite the Celts, at least for a few games) while re-building. The Rockets were fun to watch last year. Houston needs a veteran proven PG, Rajon will be a big problem for a rookie coach, fits in much better with DH and Harden.

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September 6, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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Doc got out of a bad situation and into a very nice one. What was the point of this? The "get out of jail" wasn't handed to him nicely enough? Just pass GO and collect $200 already.

There was no need to comment but somehow Doc needed to say something. Very bad judgment on his part. He should have just moved on.

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