Re: Celtic injuries save Danny Ainge
posted at 4/27/2013 9:39 PM EDT
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
He also won't be fired because he made it to the eastern conference last year and took the Heat, eventual NBA champ, to seven games. That's a pretty good resume dude, hate to break it to you.
He also won't be fired because had he made some of the moves you are talking about, we still don't beat the Knicks when Carmelo is playing like this.
You also fail to acknowledge that the Jeff Green trade is not looking too terrible right now. I still would not have made it as I think it may have cost us a ring that year, but the way Green has been playing you can't put that trade in the fail column.
What else could Ainge have done to sign Ray Allen? Nothing. If you're Ray Allen, you're signing with the Heat to get wide open looks from Lebron and D Wade too. Don't be naive.
As for Tony Allen, Tony wanted way more playing time he was going to get with the Cs. That's both the fault of Pierce and Doc, not Ainge. The Courtney Lee and Jason Terry signings looked pretty good at the time. They have not worked out that well, but that's not totally on Ainge, many of us liked those signings as a "Ray Allen plan B" at the time.
As for Posey, he was done, he had maybe one halfway ok year and then a huge fade. He stole that last contract and it was wise not to sign him for those dollars.
So for the most part, not sure you can fault Ainge for that. I'll give you Erden, not my favorite move, but you also have to give Ainge Sullinger, assuming he can rebound from the injury.
Kenyon Martin was a mistake but don't pretend we'd be beating the Knicks if we had Kenyon and they didn't.
I"m amazed at how many fans are complaining about a team losing to a Knicks team that was probably the best team in the NBA the last month. This is not a surprise. Ainge is probably not a top three GM but he's done a solid job given that top flight free agents don't want to sign in Boston - fact.
Agree with the entirety of your post but you have to agree that Danny is willing to take more chances with guards (Bradley, Crawford, TWill) than bigs. He passed on Martin, Andersen, Blatche and who knows who else in favor of Randolph & White. Melo has been his only "shot in the dark" of late. Sullinger was a bonafide NBA Player save for the risk of his back and Danny knew what he was getting into with that pick. He hasn't taken a flyer on a big since BB Davis and both Melo & Davis were draft picks. He seems to be gun-shy with FA Bigs ... Blatche could have helped KG and the rebounding problem at little or no risk w/o hurting the cap space situation at all.