Bill Simmons interviewed Danny Ainge in an hour-long interview on his podcast, "The B.S. Report." You can listen to that interview by clicking here.
I'm unable to listen to the entire interview right now, but I will update this post with excerpts and quotes as people tweet about it.
Ainge on Rondo return on Simmons' podcast: "I’m not sure [when Rondo will be back]. Rondo was working out (cont) http://t.co/EhTLVvb3xY— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) September 6, 2013
Ainge: "I don't look at Doc as 'quitting on the Celtics.'"— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013
Simmons podcast: 60 minutes with Ainge - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston
3. Doc’s departure: Was Ainge disappointed with how Doc Rivers’ exit played out?
"I understand the Clippers have much more to offer right now than we do on the court,” Ainge said. “I just thought that Doc wanted to participate with me and Wyc [Grousbeck] and Pags [Stephen Pagliuca] in continuing to try to rebuild this thing as we had done before. But at the same time understand that that's not fun, and that’s not fun on coaches.
“Once Doc made that clear that that was something he was interested in, I think we had a very rational and reasonable conversation and if there could be a situation that would work for everybody that we would consider doing that. That's when we started that conversation, when he let it be known that that was something he would consider and that he really didn’t have a desire to rebuild."
Ainge also said he didn’t think it was fair to say Rivers quit on the Celtics, adding he would be the first one to give him a standing ovation when he returns as an opposing coach.
Ainge, on the BS Report said he thought it was possible that KG would veto the deal and he felt ok about that if it happened.— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013
Whoa, Danny Ainge said he came close to trading Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul before CP3 was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.— Kevin O'Connor (@Kevin__OConnor) September 6, 2013
Ainge on Rondo trade rumors: "He's a special player. We're not looking to trade Rondo we think Rondo is a big part of our future."— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013
Ainge said the only other "real" trade discussions he ever had about Pierce was during the 2005 draft (for Chris Paul)— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013
Danny Ainge says the toughest "what if" for him is losing a double-digit lead to the LA Lakers in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals. Me too.— Kevin O'Connor (@Kevin__OConnor) September 6, 2013
Including the 2008 team, Ainge thought the best basketball played during the new big 3 era was the 2010 CLE, ORL and games 1-5 vs LAL— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013
Ainge on Bird: "Larry's legendary trash talking wasn't as much as people think. Half the time I think he did it because he was bored"— Jay O. (@MrTrpleDouble10) September 6, 2013