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Doc and Danny Talk Leading Up To The Draft

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Doc and Danny fielded questions today and you can find lots and lots of quotes on various subjects at all the below links, but these are a few that stood out to me.  

(By the way, I'm starting to feel more and more convinced that Ainge will find a way to trade out of the first round)

Green Street " Danny Ainge is realistic about the 2011 draft

"When you’re drafting where we’re drafting, I’m not trying to put a negative spin on this, I’m trying to be realistic, the 25th pick in the draft is probably not going to help us, immediately," Ainge said on Wednesday at the team’s training facility in Waltham. "But there are some players that we think can fit our roster, fit into the personality of our team and have a work ethic that can make our team better in practice and add depth to our roster."

Doc & Danny pre-draft Q&A - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

"We don’t want to move next year’s pick to get into this year’s draft," said Ainge. "Because the picks we have aren’t good enough to get to the very very top of the draft and we think next year’s draft will be better." Ainge waited a beat before quipping, "Austin Rivers is in next year’s draft," with the Duke-bound high school phenom's father standing next to him. Ainge, who once got fined by the NBA for sitting next to Kevin Durant's mother at a University of Texas game, emphasized that he was joking. "Wait a minute, I can’t say that."

Family dinner - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston (Doc went to dinner with Paul, Ray, and Kevin)

"[We just talked] basketball. I always press on them more than anyone how small the window is for them. They understand, I can tell you that. They were more disappointed. It’s funny we lost a Game 7 [of the NBA Finals in 2010] and I thought the disappointment this year was more in some ways." 

Celtics: Rajon Rondo runs as Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers talk draft | Courtside View

On Avery Bradley: "He’s working on it. If he ready or not (to contribute next season), we’ll see. Listen, Avery didn’t have a normal (rookie) season. He missed the entire training camp. He missed the entire preseason. He had no chance last year. It was just unfair to him – physically, mentally, everything. Hopefully this year he gets a fresh start and a fair start with his health. His health killed him."

Note: On draft night, our own Jimmy Toscano will be on hand to gather quotes from Danny and Doc about the results of the draft.  Should be some good stuff there.