Back in the 80′s. The Celtics line up of Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge were a dynasty to be feared in the East and when the Lakers didn’t win it all. In the West too. As it turns out, they also provide the backdrop for a wicked t-shirt in the modern YouTube era as well.
Ainge flipped a white towel over his head during the third quarter of Monday night’s playoff game between Boston and Cleveland. Ainge was attempting to rattle Hickson, who made his second free throw despite the GM’s actions.
Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice-president of basketball operations, fined Ainge for “an unauthorized distraction and for conduct detrimental to the game.”
The Celtics were leading 80-57 at the time of Ainge’s towel toss. Boston went on to win 104-86 to even the Eastern Conference semifinal at 1-1.
On Wednesday, Ainge said he regretted his behaviour, calling it “unprofessional.”
It didn’t work, but Danny Ainge threw a towel in the air during JJ Hickson’s free throw attempt to distract him. Nice!
NBA purist aka old people probably frown on this tactic but I say, hey — why not? The Celtics are a zillion years old and LeBron James is a Lion just waiting to tackle green gazelles. Plus, the C’s have a right to exercise every advantage they have to their disposal, so I can see a Game 7.
Finley was bought out of his contract by San Antonio and cleared waivers Wednesday night. The deal with the Celtics should be finalized in the next day or two but a source said there are no obstacles remaining.â€œHeâ€™s definitely going to be a Celtic,â€ said the source.
Finley will pocket a cool pro-rated $300,000 to join the C’s for the remainder of the season.
H/N Boston Herald
One of the biggest concerns for the Celtics this year has been age. Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett have all authenticated their birth certificates through play this season and by acquiring Nate Robinson, it is clear that GM Danny Ainge is fully aware of his core groups birthdays.
Allen is rested – and relaxed
While Allen was resting during All-Star Weekend, the first time he had not participated in the game in seven years, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was working the phones trying to improve his sagging team, with Allenâ€™s $19.7 million expiring contract an attractive carrot for financially strapped teams seeking salary cap relief next season.
Allen focused on relaxation during a rare midseason vacation. He doted on his family, two little boys and a wife who would be just as affected by a trade as Allen. He has made a home in Boston. He has re-embraced the Northeast after years in Milwaukee and Seattle, and in fewer than 48 hours, he will know whether he will don an unfamiliar jersey with a new number and colors and shoot 3-pointers for his fourth team in 14 seasons.
â€œThere is no truth to either one of those,â€™â€™ Ainge said. â€œI have had conversations with a lot of teams but those have never been discussed. There are a lot of things I would like to do, but I donâ€™t feel a need to do something. I am always looking to upgrade the team, if possible.â€™â€™
Face it, the Celtics look wicked tired these days and they could benefit from some young legs being added to the second part of their NBA campaign. However, I really don’t think I would trade Rasheed Wallace or Ray Allen for all the Tea thrown into the Boston Harbour back on December 16, 1773.
Just because those guys are usually the difference in important games and you just can’t give that up right now if you’re the Celtics either.
H/N Boston Globe