Danny Ainge, all I can say is that you’ve done an outstanding job with what you’ve had to work with this offseason. You were able to coax our man Kevin Garnett back into the fold. You started laying the groundwork on a Jeff Green return months ago, going to doctors visits with him, being there whenever something was needed, and cutting him loose and letting him explore free agency. You somehow managed to keep Brandon Bass when his market value appeared to be greater elsewhere. You recovered nicely from the Ray Allen defection, getting Jason Terry to commit, and you cobbled together enough pieces to land a starting SG in Courtney Lee. Losing Allen and potentially Greg Stiemsma aren’t bad, not when you consider what you’ve accomplished this summer. And that doesn’t even count the work that you did with the draft, landing Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph. Joseph will likely make the team, and NBA players drafted in the +50 range don’t often do that.
We still need a big man, and potentially a backup PG, but it’s safe to say that the heavy lifting is done. You’ve got time to catch your breath and plot your next move. Not that I’m encouraging you to rest on your laurels – you can’t do that and win in this league. You need to keep the pedal to the metal. But what you’ve done to date has been masterful…you’ve managed to upgrade the Celtics in a significant way, and you’ve been able to accomplish this feat with one hand tied behind your back.
So, hats off to you, Danny. You deserve it for all of the hard work that you’ve done.