Because even though I know it’s the right move from a long-term, financial point of view, right now it makes me sick to think about those two legends leaving the Celtics.
Conspiracy theory: Danny Ainge offered Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers knowing in advance that David Stern would never allow them to be traded together under league rules. The Clippers’ front office is dumb, so he knew they wouldn’t understand that rule and would start negotiations on the impossible trade.
Ainge never wanted to trade KG, who’s still a better asset than DeAndre Jordan ever will be. He suspected the Clippers wouldn’t want to give up a first round draft pick for Rivers, but would trade multiple picks if they thought they were getting KG, too.
Once the trade talks became public, Ainge knew Stern would publicly blow up any trade for Rivers and KG together (Stern can’t resist the media attention). Ainge also knew that Clippers’ free agent superstar Chris Paul was a fan of Doc Rivers and that the Clippers were desperate to appease Paul in order to re-sign him.
The Clippers couldn’t afford to let Paul think they were too cheap to give up one future first round draft pick in order to acquire Paul’s choice for head coach. The public nature of the negotiations left the Clippers with no choice but to send Danny Ainge the first round draft pick he demanded in exchange for releasing Doc Rivers from his contract.
Danny Ainge played the Clippers perfectly throughout the Doc Rivers saga. We need to appreciate his evil genius, and be thankful that the Celtics have one of the smartest front offices in the NBA.
Relatively unnoticed due to Shane Victorino’s awesome 4-hit, 5-RBI night on Friday was that Jose Iglesias had yet another multi-hit game, raising his batting average to .431. Combined with his stellar defense at both 3rd base and shortstop, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in the Red Sox lineup every game.
One slightly sad note: I did some quick math this morning and in order to qualify for the batting title Iglesias would need to average 4.5 plate appearances for every remaining game on the Red Sox schedule, which seems very unlikely to happen.
Once again it has been confirmed to me that the work I can produce when I don’t try very hard, when I slack off because I barely care, and when I procrastinate and leave everything to the last minute, will invariably range from very good to great (knock on wood). I almost wish the universe would stop teaching me this lesson. Almost. Yes, I realize this sounds like a total humble-brag.