My hate for Doc has died down a bit. I'm starting to believe that he had a great friendship with Ainge, but he was tired of his act of being "Trader Danny". I know Ainge will make the Celtics a winner again. He has the ability to get things done, but I just hope it's not with Rondo shipped out.
Even though he is a year and great distance removed from the Celtics, he is still in touch. He and Danny Ainge still speak with each other regularly, and Rivers is well aware the club is seeking to take a giant step with a trade or, if that fails, go through a longer and more thorough rebuilding process.
“I think Danny’s going to be patient,” Rivers said. “I mean, everybody wants to win now, but sometimes you just have to be patient. I thought we did a great job with that when I was there, and I think Danny’s going to do it again. I think Danny’s as good as anybody. It’s funny. He has the nickname ‘Trader Danny,’ but he knows when to do that. I think he’ll be fine.”