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Danny Ainge: We have the players, next few weeks are huge for us

Jan 3, 2013|

We talk to Danny Ainge on a Celtics Thursday and try and find out what the heck is wrong with the Celtics in 2012 and into 2013.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Hour to rule out -- showtime for our weekly get together -- Danny Ainge. Celtics president of basketball operations. Happy new year -- Danny I don't run. Really do good. If you -- watching your team is able to separate as his personal life from his professional life. I would have been -- women talking about the this and you've been watching your team. What is your take. Well I think our team about playing well obviously and but I actually some good signs are -- last night was that a step forward I mean we don't we don't have a moral victory but. I thought our effort -- that are you know -- -- -- the -- he sensibly is that the biggest problem ought to be here. Last in our problems in more than half -- off. I agree with that -- -- the one thing that really got my attention was the end of there. And of their recent road trip had a great win in Brooklyn. But then. -- off the floor by the clippers on the floor by the warriors and the kings' worst of all that that did that stretch there changed. The -- thought about the team and it did it make you think differently about what this team needs. I didn't hear or. Lack. Our Ed distracts that the games against the and particularly the warriors and kings. On the recent road trip the blowout in both of those games that make you think differently about what this team is and what this team needs going forward. Well I think that they're not vote -- -- -- -- that was that that was that stretched every. I think we were. We were there we were not tablet not. It was the warriors game. We did not play well clippers in wouldn't play well. I think that -- look here what what -- eight or some. I think it is. We haven't found the right pieces I think the doctors. You know public that we align it and -- -- -- it hurt all of those try to beat the third in the quality care. Is it is it something that can be fixed -- words. War. Or internally can be fixed with an attitude adjustment or do you need to do. Makes them deals is it beyond the point okay inspiring these guys and tell them that. We need better effort and we need to buy and he -- the go button and makes Jenkins. Right back in their I think it's up to the players I -- -- -- -- -- certainly given -- the right -- right. School played better I think he's a couple weeks figured you'd. He will be ours has started to get healthy. I think that Rondo but still not healthy and he played the last you'd gain begged out. And you know we're not -- the that's clear. And he had a couple of good spurts last that he could sustain it the really get a feel for art and you know that will be the first game coming up against the that quick right. Where we have our. That's like the late last year that was our ability pre. Branded. -- -- -- all course Carolina partly replace one -- -- this here so I at least if that that a shot. I certainly we saw some of where Bradley last violent conflict he was very stingy defensively and obviously. Increased minutes will help this team defensively but that's the thing that I'm most surprised about Danny is. That this team is not making stops that the newer guys almost seemed to be confused. At the defensive end is it a learning process our guys just incapable of doing what what's the issue. Well you know for whatever reason I'm not sure there are people ordered not. Are pretty -- here physically but. -- -- Eleanor but but the reality of it is out. And it's not that you guys. And I thought they are -- veteran players at the end here later that their ability as. We went appeared that he. Not -- first set he. Al that very spot. I pupil -- sat in there. We're out of here and it. Hull. Cracked -- -- there -- really do believe that our guys don't. My health aside is that an effort issue or is it to new guy simply don't understand. What you're doing defensively right now. OK so let them. I think it more -- it is not certain that spared. And that kind of a drop off the -- That's a plane believed there. I mean there are starting. In Europe but whether or. It's that right now as. -- it's such a lot. Although it was shot. Ed at the same somewhat -- -- there was not a lot -- -- -- -- we look back at you about Herbert -- you okay. If we beat you need to find police -- half court or we need to get in the -- -- more equitable thing. -- our that's that's the question that we got onto recordable that are more. It's a killer for you guys because you're not real good rebounding team so you need to make stops so you need to force the other team to use up a lot of the 446 o'clock -- Force up a bad shot if you're gonna get those -- or opportunities -- Well you know so I think that that's the league to -- starts. Who works there. And it. -- Were offered to recount the fifth set. -- You know I know doc has a team defense concept is not just. Reliant on one guy but if you look at the individual defenders and his team unity KG. Obviously throughout his career perennial first team second team all all defense team. Avery Bradley clearly has the ability to be an elite defensive player. Rondo though -- Rondo. Has that same defensive ability. That Bradley had and if so why haven't we seen that from Rondo consistently this year. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There are a lot of -- -- there and in. I think you're better at all but there aren't so I think change. All there and check out that there are guys. Soldier all. Noble. And bought that ball hard all out. There are involved. Top spot that looks like Eric and bigger problem is all. -- that's part or. Oh record. At all. Tomorrow. -- -- -- -- -- -- And all their. Lotta issues and -- I think. Kobe Bryant had a hilarious quote the other night they lost to Philadelphia by four. And Kobe was asked why he said where were older as bleak. And he said I don't know what to tie in they have they have fresher legs have more energy in the NN RA to takes a lot more did to get ready for games you think. That is one of the issues with the Celtics -- -- no Rondo as a young guy Bradley as a young guy and and Brandon Bass is not that'll put you look at three of the top six guys that you rely on. Are in their mid thirties KG. Paul and Jason Terry do you think age is a factor. For a for the struggles of -- -- lately. -- -- -- Our concern. All. Bill. That is open heart -- our. Public. Eric Paul Volcker technical bought it at all that are. All of that's -- Senate it and it. But there. Are all up effort there. Aren't that -- -- -- -- -- More. At all. Sort it all. Or let. It. A year ago you pretty much did -- you're doing right now certainly record wise in the team got together in the second half of the year and we all chalked it up to they were out of shape the first half of the season is this day. Well. -- Our. It's all stretched out on clay -- -- -- Expect or are here at camp and all. Well -- -- out there at all. I hope. All of error. Error -- code share partner. From -- all yours. Yeah water -- the weather the players since have done this before sit there it's no big deal now is we're we're struggling right now -- we always get together. In the second half of the season so. You'll play that way. That and others know there's there's no we've got to get together tonight you know. -- Although it kept the air it out. Here -- An album. All. On call. All. All all about. We'll talk more about it actually kinda losing you -- evil -- next week. Out of OK any better week about a phone it's better for alone. We have this -- Some art I think we do in the ratings OK in the in the the -- ratings to we have. We think it is still feel worse who is Beckett audio I don't I don't think it was too I don't know I was a phone that was I was hanging up. And -- answer the question. But somber receivers that any phone. Where's Peter Gammons. Again it's as bad. Timers all that full. All of famers to. Go home for. Albert hall of fame guy once again -- fame writer. And one point five G. That's what they have for their phone to having James NBA champion. As a player and executive come up -- we have. Of what he was what he was saying and we'll talk Celtics got trades about Iraq and -- that -- -- he didn't say that ought to make -- -- he worked around that when he script but it sounds to me like. He is concerned right now that he's a little worried. That may be what he's put together here is not necessarily. What he thought he was getting now. He's leaving time as he said we're being patient and tinker with the lineup that you should doc was gonna work the line open. And work on defense and see if taken Avery Bradley and there right to see him now an action that's a legitimate. Reason right now to show some patience -- -- once you put Avery Bradley who may be their best defense supplier. You put about you you put -- the point that should change some things up I think the timing was populist and a conflict he was causing -- some problems. So I think that will be improvement on whether it's all shoulder problems I'm not sure does we shall find out if all calls -- text -- of action. And of not hey David thanks.

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