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Doc Rivers would have waited on Kendrick Perkins trade

May 16, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

Doc Rivers

Danny Ainge is out there selling it — he still stands behind the Kendrick Perkins trade. He has no choice, that was his baby.

Doc Rivers, he would have waiting a while.

That’s what Rivers told the Boston Globe.

“Well, I would wait until after the year is over. I’ll put it that way. I do think Jeff Green has a chance to be a starter for us in the future and a hell of a basketball player. And Krstic can help. But making that trade at the time we made that trade, that made it very tough for us. And not only that, we added other pieces as well that we tried to fit in.

“It was just a lot of moving parts to a team that the advantage that we had was that we had continuity, everybody else was new. Chicago was new and the Heat were new. They couldn’t fall back on what we could fall back on with our starting five. Once we made that trade, we took that advantage away.”

Rivers explained what he meant by continuity.

“…But it was more that you have new guys playing different positions and you had a guy who could literally reach back into a playbook and throw out something that was three or four years old and they all knew it, when Perk was there. When you lose Perk, you take that one guy out of that starting lineup, now there’s the fifth guy who doesn’t know your offense three years ago; he only knows what he knows since he’s been there. And that limited our group. With Rondo, because the way teams guard him, you need a massive playbook. That took more away from it than we thought.”

I’ll agree with Ainge in that I’m not convinced keeping Perkins puts Boston past Miami, because the problems Miami created Perkins did not solve.

But the trade did hurt this team, make no mistake. And to make that kind of move when your team is in contention for a title, to weaken it, was a big mistake.

  1. Kansachusetts - May 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    I told you so.

  2. sandmanjackson77 - May 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    honestly they should get rid of big baby. charles barkley was an undersized pf and he was dominate. glenn davis has to learn to stop taking stupid shots. hes not shoting that jump shot because teams are playing it so hes driving the lane and trying to shot some derrick rose type shot. he needs to work on his offensive game and get his ass in the gym to lose that weight. he needs to be in basketball shape not dinner table shape. i like big baby but if boston is gonna win another title i dont see it happening with this guy.

  3. goawayeverybody - May 16, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    He’s absolutely right. Danny Ainge is a flaming MORON. Guess who’s STILL in the tournament? Nate Washington and Kendrick Perkins. And getting rid of Tony Allen was also completely retarded. Danny Ainge is stupid stupid stupid.

    • andyhr17 - May 17, 2011 at 7:48 AM

      *Nate Robinson

      *How many flaming moron GM’s build a team that gets to the finals two out of three years?

      *Tony Allen left via free agency…the Celtics didn’t “get rid of him”

      Maybe you should fact check before hitting that post button.

      • goawayeverybody - May 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Yeah, Tony Allen left via free agency – the same way most players “leave.” The Celtics didn’t pick up his contract, therefore they let him go. Moron. The coach is the person responsible for getting his team to the finals, not the freaking GM. But if the GM actively dismantles a great winning team, then he is clearly a moron.

      • andyhr17 - May 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        If one team can offer the player more money/a starting job….how is it the fault of the team that the player chooses not to sign with? They didn’t “let” him walk. They chose not to overpay him.

  4. zrbk - May 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    The trade wouldn’t changed the Celtics’ overall rating on a video game, but it hurts a lot in real life. Basketball isn’t mathematics. It’s chemistry.

    • goawayeverybody - May 17, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Very well said.

  5. cookie2117 - May 17, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    I thought it was Nate Robinson not Nate Washington

    • therookie773 - May 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      I must say, Nate washington does have a better ring to it.

  6. borderline1988 - May 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Rivers is a total a**hole.
    The Celtics are pissed that they got ran over by the Heat in the playoffs. I would’ve expected the players to come out with all the excuses in the world. But the coach? That’s not his job, especially not one that is supposed to be classy. Funny he says this just after getting resigned to a monster contract.

    Maybe Doc Rivers should be appreciative of Ainge getting him the most talented and deepest team in the league 3 years ago, and allowing him to be a perennial championship contender. Maybe he should be thankful for one of his assistants (Thibodeau), who has proved himself to be a much better coach than Doc Rivers is, and was probably the biggest reason why the Celtics were so good.

    This team would not have beaten the Heat with Perkins still there. The Heat out-executed the Celtics in the 4th quarters, and that’s why they won. Plain and simple.

  7. roachouse - May 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Ainge did not get it right. He traded about 6 players at the deadline. Jeff Green could have been gotten for a lot less than Perkins I’m sure. They then stockpiled useless players just to keep other teams from getting them. Dallas got two players at the deadline that are in current rotation and getting them closer to a championship. No matter how you slice it, bad management. Fire Ainge now before he ruins the future anymore.

  8. spike036 - May 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Boston needs to get more athletic….plus….if there is ANY way they couldpull off a trade and snag Bynum, I’m all for it….they just HAVE to get a great player in the paint….I know, I know…everyone is sour on Bynum after his cheap shot but he’s actually a good guy who had a bad moment. But one thing I know, he wants OUT of Los Angeles….he feels disrespected there.

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