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07:32 AM ET 12.25 | On the one hand, Danny Ainge appears to have set up these Celtics for a shot at the 2014 NBA lottery. So as Ainge opens his gifts this Christmas morning, there may well be dancing in his head visions of unwrapping a high pick in May when the draft positions are set. But in terms of basketball morality for the NBA, Ainge has come to believe the defeatist talk has reached a critical mass around too many teams. He isn't happy that even when his young Celtics play well and show encouraging signs, much of the postgame talk among fans is about the need to lose to create a better chance at a higher pick. "There becomes too much emphasis on losing, and I don't really like that, that there's all this talk about losing," Ainge said. "At the same time, I understand it's the world we live in."

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Gerald Wallace, Icon Sports Gerald Wallace, Icon Sports
December 25, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Lottery picks are no guarantees to select a bonafide superstar.

December 25, 2013  08:48 AM ET

You Can't Handle The Truth, Bro.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lottery picks are no guarantees to select a bonafide superstar.

Of course not. At the same time all superstars were once lottery picks.

You can't win if you don't play the game.

December 25, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Of course not. At the same time all superstars were once lottery picks.You can't win if you don't play the game.

True but it's like playing craps.

December 25, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

True but it's like playing craps.

No doubt.

You have to admit it would be cool if Toronto drafted Wiggins.

December 25, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No doubt.You have to admit it would be cool if Toronto drafted Wiggins.

Yes and No. I've watch a few KU games and I'm still not sure if he deserves to be #1. Marcus Smart has 1 more year of college maturity under his belt. Wiggins does comes from stable family environment. I would really hate to be the GM with the #1 pick this year. I might put 4 or 5 names up on a dart board and have Michael Jackson's monkey throw a dart to see who to pick.

December 25, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yes and No. I've watch a few KU games and I'm still not sure if he deserves to be #1. Marcus Smart has 1 more year of college maturity under his belt. Wiggins does comes from stable family environment. I would really hate to be the GM with the #1 pick this year. I might put 4 or 5 names up on a dart board and have Michael Jackson's monkey throw a dart to see who to pick.

Too many people overhyped Wiggins because of his highlights. I've stated at the beginning of the season that people should wait til he actually plays against real competition.

December 25, 2013  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Too many people overhyped Wiggins because of his highlights. I've stated at the beginning of the season that people should wait til he actually plays against real competition.

You are correct. I only suggested him to Onion because he is a Canadian kid. Seems like he would be less prone to want to leave Toronto being a home town guy.

Maybe Cleveland would send Tristan Thompson also and they could build an all Canada NBA team. :) (I'm sure the Lakers would send Nash also. )

December 25, 2013  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You are correct. I only suggested him to Onion because he is a Canadian kid. Seems like he would be less prone to want to leave Toronto being a home town guy.Maybe Cleveland would send Tristan Thompson also and they could build an all Canada NBA team. :) (I'm sure the Lakers would send Nash also. )

Yup, Wiggins would be nice for Toronto if they had him at #3-7. It would be less pressure for Wiigins. Maybe drafting Marcus Smart would be the way to go if they lose Lowry. They already have Derozan and Ross at the 2 or 3.

December 25, 2013  10:34 PM ET

Celtics tanking???? I thought it was the Nets....

 
December 27, 2013  01:47 PM ET

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