History will remember that the Celtics returned to the Finals the year Brad Stevens took over as president. To everyone’s surprise, Danny Inge left his position last summer, and it was the Celtics coach who replaced him.
Since then, Danny Ainge has joined the organizational structure of Jazz and is very proud of his successor. In particular his strategic choices, initially with Kemba Walker moving to OKC, then recruiting Derrick White during the season.
“I think Kimba’s move has allowed Marcus (smart), Jalen (Brown), Jason (Tatum) and Robert Williams to really thrive in their normalcy. All with Horford taking more responsibility under Robert’s umbrella, while putting Jaylen, Jason and Marcus in positions where they can have Big advantages. It fits better and I think it’s pretty obvious.”
“Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to end the matches with Markus and Schroeder”
Since his son, Austin, is still a member of the Celtics, Danny Ainge maintains his relationships with the franchise of his heart, and acknowledges that he still communicates with Brad Stevens.
“I really admire what Brad did in his freshman year. I think he did a great job.” Danny Ainge continues. “At the beginning of the season, I think he had doubts about the fortune of the bench, getting Josh Richardson and even (Dennis) Schroeder was good acquisitions. (…) It was for Al’s arrival to be able to play basketball with the big players and add the strong veteran around The four starting players are a huge influence on this season. I know Al wanted to come back to Boston, so that was good too. Then there are the changes during the season, to see that there are potential for improvement, that was also important. It’s not that Schroeder wasn’t playing well, He was playing well but maybe it wasn’t a good idea to finish matches with Marcus and Schroeder. And you know Schroeder came up with the idea that he’s going to have a really big role. So I think Brad recognized the challenge the coach was facing, and that trade provided some playing time for the players The others – and (Payton) Pritchard has been playing really well since the Schroeder deal, so that’s been good too.”
For Danny Ing, Marcus Smart’s tenure as a playmaker was also crucial.
“I think it improves your defense a lot… You don’t have any weaknesses in your defence. We had a lot of young players with Kimba and Isaiah Thomas. Kyrie (Irving) was very good size for the point guard, but he was shorter than Marcus. Sometimes he’s There is some defensive responsibility with these super young players.Marcus is not in the same category in attack but he brings many different elements in his passing ability, his positioning and his ability to take rebounds.But more than anything else, there is this versatility that allows him to defend in Positions 1 to 5. It really increased the defensive quality of their team.”
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