Re: When do the C's retire Perk's jersey?
posted at 4/11/2011 12:35 PM EDT
In Response to Re: When do the C's retire Perk's jersey?
[QUOTE]Ainge was hoping to start the transition now while still being a contender. I don't think he EVER thought this move would take them from #1 to #3 in the East...NEVER.
I think he'll try and move Rondo next year. We really could be looking at an entirely different team next year. Doc is probably done, KG could retire with a lockout, BBD or Green will be retained, not both. Shaq will be gone, a buyout of JON. Look at the roster, the only players that are assured of returning are PP and RA. If all of those things take place, I wouldn't put it past Ainge to go after DeAndre Jordan, Love, Rubio, etc.
Posted by BiasLewis[/QUOTE]
Much agreed. And GREAT screenname by the way.
The thing about Danny Ainge is he's a risk taker. We all give him credit - rightfully - for bring RA and KG, but neither of those - especially the KG deal - were a sure thing. If even a small detail was different, we probably would have not only NOT gotten those two but also lost Paul Pierce. And Danny would have likely gotten fired because that's what teams in competitive minded cities like Boston do. Even Ray was a gamble because he'd just had surgery on BOTH his ankles. Same scenario if he didn't come back right away - especially if we'd gotten him but not KG.
Half our team - literally half our team - was injured at the time of the trade. That includes 4 of the 5 players traded. Currently, 3 of those 5 are still injured - Quis, Nate and Semih. I initially hated the trade for emotional reasons, but once Green and Krstic got here I realized Danny was trying to pull a mini-version of what he did in '07. We'll never know who it's "on" - if anyone - that this new lineup hasn't gelled the way it seemed to do that 1st week post-trade.
But that is what happens when you take risks. When it falls into place, you change the course of history. When it doesn't, well, you have what you have now. But it is unfortunately the price you pay when you have a GM with the guts that was necessary to put us on the map and in some ways save our franchise in '07.