Danny Ainge: Jeff Green Key With Rajon Rondo Out; Backcourt Future Safe
When Rajon Rondo went down mid-season, the outlook for the Boston Celtics‘ 2013 campaign appeared incredibly bleak to many. However, thanks to a player that came over in the controversial Kendrick Perkins trade — another huge moment in recent years that could have taken a disastrous turn — the Celtics remain in decent shape as a dangerous No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on the move that brought in Jeff Green, and after Green’s 43-point performance nearly keyed an upset win over the Miami Heat on Monday, the GM called into Boston radio station WBZ-FM (98.5 the SportsHub) to defende against the notion that Green is a quiet player.
“That’s the nature of the game. Jeff Green is not LeBron James, he’s not Kevin Durant, he’s not Larry Bird,” Ainge said, as transcribed by ESPN. “He’s a really good player for us and a very important player for us. I think he’s getting better all the time.”
Ainge also ensured that his backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley, who like Green are young and just now entering their prime, can mesh to hold the guard spot down when Rondo recovers.
“I know that we haven’t had them together much this year and I think that Rajon loves playing with Avery Bradley for a lot of different reasons,” Ainge said on WBZ-FM. “I think that combination last year proved to be spectacular, they just didn’t get a chance to get together much this year, so it’s a little bit unfair.”