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Danny Ainge responds to Isaiah Thomas’ comments

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

When Danny Ainge stepped off the golf course at the Old Sandwich Golf Club Wednesday at the Celtics Shamrock Foundation Teeing Up for Kids fundraiser, it did not appear that he had heard the latest remarks from his former guard Isaiah Thomas, released today by Sports Illustrated.

“Did he really?” Ainge asked when informed that Thomas stated he wasn’t sure he would speak to Ainge again after the trade. “You know that’s the hard part of the job. I mean, I know there is a lot of feelings that go on when these type of things happen. I was a player that was traded twice so I understand his sentiments, but you guys know how much I love Isaiah. He’s a great kid and I wish him the best.”

Ainge acknowledged hadn’t yet tried reaching back out to Thomas in the wake of the initial call informing him about the deal but was open to doing so in the opportunity presented itself. 

“I mean, I would try to, but I have no idea,” Ainge said of mending fences. “That takes two people and obviously, he said some things today and has some strong feelings and strong emotions and I understand those.

“I think there are just feelings there. There are emotions and I understand that. I think everyone does.”

While the wounds are still fresh, Ainge wouldn’t let the comments take anything away from what the 5-foot-9 point guard did with the Celtics.

“I mean, he was a great Celtic,” Ainge declared. “Everybody that watched him play or has been with him in the locker room for the last few years will remember how great he was. He will be a part of Celtic history forever.”

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gmboy95
gmboy95

If I remember correctly it was Danny Ainge who was unceremoniously traded away from the Celtics years ago in a move that was a surprise to him as well….He is now the GM of the Celtics….Time has a way of healing these wounds

ohalloranchris
ohalloranchris

This trade is going to live rent-free in his head for the rest of his life and that is hilarious

HadYourMom
HadYourMom

dear isaiah,
shut up and grow up, you big baby.

1. sports is an business.
2. see #1.
3. kyrie is better than you.

johnny_most
johnny_most

We all love our Celtics and the good work that DA does in bringing in players that win our hearts. Fans falling in love with players and players loving the adoration of fans is at the center of successful teams. This is the “escape” that rooting for the Celtics provides us. Unfortunately, this game is entertainment and business. As a matter of fact, it is entertainment business and the owners and general managers know that the best way to enlist the passion of fans is to build the best and most successful team possible. Danny knows that in the upper left corner of his payroll check it shows “Boston Celtics”. To keep his job, he does everything he can to make the team successful.

vicken61
vicken61

Everyone admires and respects Isaiah Thomas for his skill, grit and commitment, especially in light of the extremely difficult circumstances under which he performed. All that being said, his bellyaching is getting old. The Celtics resurrected his career. He makes absurd amounts of money as an entertainer and will continue to make even more going forward. He was traded to a top 3 team in the NBA, not exiled to Phoenix or Sacramento. Players lucky enough to play in the NBA get traded all the time and the Celtics were right to make the trade because they are a better and younger team with Kyrie. At this point he is embarrassing himself with his woe is me act.

Brian
Brian

C’mon man, why be like that? He’s just saying how he feels, and it’s 100% understandable.

I don’t think he’s embarassing himself at all. Not one bit. I get it, you’re a Celtics fan, so you’ve “moved on.” If you were in his shoes, you wouldn’t.

I’m getting kind of sick of folks wheeling out the tired old “million dollar crybaby” saw every time they dislike what an athlete says, They’re humans too. And this human gave his heart and soul to the team, and they betrayed him.

taylorm1980
taylorm1980

Agreed! Speak the truth. He have everything for this team!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Isiah wouldn’t be Isiah if he didn’t feel this way. You don’t go from last pick in the draft to perennial all-star by having a passive attitude.

I can only hope he comes back when the time is right (perhaps post-career) to bury the hatchet.

In the mean time, he has the rest of his career to fulfill. He hates Danny at the moment, and that’s it. Fair enough, let him be

ki8920
ki8920

Agreed

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