Danny Ainge spoke with WEEI today, and Green Street has the transcript.
He spoke about a couple topics, and told WEEI that Pierce would play tonight if it were a playoff game. In fact, Pierce is trying to play tonight anyway. He also said that Rondo’s comments this morning about a lack of cohesiveness are at least partially true, and denied any Ray Allen trade rumors.
Anyway, here’s some of the tanscript:
On Paul Pierce’s injury…
You’re saying there is no broken foot?
There is no broken foot. He’s got a sprained mid-foot. The only question for us now is when are we going to play Paul. Are we going to give him two days off, four days off, six days off or try to give him four games before the All-Star break? Probably more than healing the foot but to heal everything and just let his body rest. Seriously you guys, I get these questions all day long and I don’t understand what would be our motivation trying to tell you something that is not there in regard to a broken foot or a sprained foot.[...]
How severe is the injury?
I believe what I’m dealing with today if it were a playoff game then Paul would be playing. He’d be playing tonight if it were a playoff game. Our situation with Paul right now is you know our questions with Paul of when he comes back to play is his overall health, his overall body health. Paul was contemplating on playing today and I’m trying to talk him out of playing, so is Doc and just resting and trying to get his body some rest right now, as we have a week off here shortly. But I’m not concerned about the foot. That’s been put to rest.
On Rajon Rondo’s comments regarding a lack of team unity…
What about Rajon Rondo’s quotes today about different agendas among the members of the team?
First of all I think that does exist. The year that we won the championship was very special and very unique. With the great teams I’ve had a chance to play on I’ve never seen a team that was more focused and had better chemistry on and off the court. There was no agendas, and I think it had to do with the three stars coming from such difficult situations with great new hope and energy. We had young players, it was a perfect situation, a perfect storm. These guys the next year we start out 29-2 and we still weren’t playing as great as we could have been playing and there was little bit of rumbling that last year. This year I think there has been a little bit of that. I still think it has more to do with, what Rondo was saying, it’s just the attitude and is that a priority for each player to win a championship. That what I think he is referring to. If nothing else mattered, to making All-Star teams, to future contracts, to how many minutes I’m playing, how many shots I’m getting. Do those things matter or is the only thing that matters winning an NBA Championship for every single guy, and even the 10th, 11th and 12th guys matter in attitude and character. I think that those things can creep in. I’m confident that we can get to that point this year. If Rondo addressing it, and [Kendrick Perkins] talking about it and Paul talking about it a little bit, although I love Paul’s comment on having the answers to the test we just have to do it. I love KG’s approach where KG just simply says, “I have to get better. I have to rebound better. I have to be smarter. I have to execute better.” I love the answers from our veterans who take responsibility and put it on themselves.
On Ray Allen trade rumors…
Can you say definitively that you won’t trade him?
I did not say that [the Celtics won't trade Allen], and I didn’t say that to him. I think it’s unlikely. …
He had some questions to ask. I just think there’s so much out there, that now Ray can be capable of being able to discern what’s true and what’s not true, rather than all the crazy rumors out there.
Have you had any conversations with other teams about a deal involving Allen?
No. I have not. That doesn’t mean that I won’t, or that I won’t listen to what other people have to say, but we have not been anywhere near or had any discussion, I have not had a discussions with another team about trading Ray Allen.