One underrated aspect of Danny Ainge’s offseason manna from heaven is that, just like last year, he managed to stock the roster with quality human beings who are likely to form a cohesive locker room and maybe even help several elderly women cross the street. Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger and Chris Wilcox make a second unit that will have considerably more talent than last year’s. But importantly to Ainge, the bench also contains zero knuckleheads.
Terry and Lee are known as solid influences on a team. Dirk Nowitzki almost drowned Germany with tears when the Dallas Mavericks let go of Terry — or, at least, that’s how I envision it. The Celtics liked Green enough to treat him as a brother during his recovery from heart surgery, and the same goes for Wilcox. Sullinger seems like a down-to-earth college superstar always prepared with a grin, not to mention an explanation of basketball skills that highlights his knowledge of the game.
Moving further down the bench, Dionte Christmas seems like a humble, hungry dude with a work ethic hardened by three years overseas. Keyon Dooling is known as “The Reverend” and earned enough respect in Boston that his occasional halftime locker room speeches go over well even among the superstars. Jason Collins could use a better pair of mitts, but he’s a veteran who knows his role. And I barely know anything about the personalities of Fab Melo, Jamar Smith and Kris Joseph, but I imagine they spend their Saturday nights volunteering at homeless shelters.
Ainge’s biggest goal last year was ridding the bench of problem children. He accomplished that same goal this year while significantly upgrading the team’s talent level.
A-plus, Danny. A-plus.
(h/t Celtics Life)