I cannot believe where Ron Borges decided to go when talking about Danny Ainge’s towel throw. (Boston Herald)
The Ainge who tossed the towel was the same one who once tossed an in-bounds pass off the face of Houston’s Mario Elie. He’s the same guy who kept calling Tree Rollins a sissy until he provoked a fight in which Ainge got bit.
To his credit, after he was caught on videotape Ainge did say the obvious and not much more. No towel addiction excuses for Danny.
“There’s just no excuse,” he said. “It was unprofessional.”
What made this ironic was this is the same Ainge who was tsk-tsking in the direction of Glen “Big Baby” Davis in October after Davis broke his thumb getting into a fight with his best friend.
When the two appeared at a press conference several days later, Ainge interjected the word “stupid” when Davis was struggling to find one to describe his actions.
Can everyone please stop acting like this was a huge deal? A competitive guy threw a towel as a distraction in a 23-point game. Big whoop. The free throw even went in. Who cares?
Look, those big sticks that are often waved behind baskets aren’t brought by fans to the game. Teams pay for those. Teams pay for entire sections behind the free throw line to receive big sticks to annoy and distract their opponents, in hopes that opponents miss their free throws. Why is it that much worse for one person, albeit a GM, to throw a towel to distract the opponent? If teams are allowed to pay for props designed to do nothing else but distract opponents, can’t someone a team pays try to distract an opponent all by his lonesome?
If Danny Ferry had thrown the towel, I would have laughed and said, “Good for him.” I then would have thought about how big a bust Ferry had been in the NBA, but I would have at least admired his towel throw. Especially if he did it with the height and timing with which Ainge executed his own towel toss. I mean, a towel toss doesn’t get any better than Ainge’s. Perfect height, perfect timing. Bad results, of course, but you can’t win ‘em all.
And as for Borges comparing Ainge’s towel throw to Glen Davis getting into a fight with his best friend? Davis punched his best friend, while his best friend was driving a car, and even better while his best friend was driving drunk. Davis wasn’t just stupid, he endangered his life and the lives of all three people in the car that night. And we’re going to compare that to tossing a towel? C’mon Borges, even you are better than that.