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Born and raised in and around Boston, Ben Rohrbach finished third in WEEI’s Next Great Sports Blogger contest, but they hired him anyway. He’s covered Celtics basketball and the NBA for WEEI.com since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in ESPN.com, SI.com, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and The MetroWest Daily News, where he was honored among the New England Press Association’s best daily sports column honorees.

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07/24/14 06:23 EST
In memory of Danny Ainge’s pursuit of Kevin Love, let’s have a moment of silence. The only question now is just how long this mourning period will last in Boston. Wave the green flag. Love, at least from a Celtics perspective, is lost. Oh, how they’ll miss the days when Love was in the Boston air and puns were all the rage. Like most summer flings, though, they should have seen the signs. He was just using them. He dropped a hint back in February. “Boston is a great city,” Love said. The Celtics finally worked up the courage to call in May. And the Love affair began. They shared one magical weekend in Boston. It was Love at first sight. The Timberwolves played hard to get, flirting with offers from the Bulls, Cavaliers, Kings, Lakers, Nuggets, Suns and Warriors before declaring Love is not available. Sure enough, the less Flip Saunders seemed to care, the more teams came calling. The C’s crawled on their hands and knees, begging for one more chance.
07/17/14 01:38 EST
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The fireworks Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck promised are nowhere to be seen and no showy display appears on the horizon, so Danny Ainge has come under some fire. But can you really blame Ainge? The C’s president made no such promises. NBA franchises aren’t rebuilt in a year. It’s a grievous process shrouded in assets and wealth management, and to give fans a reason to believe otherwise is misleading. As a venture capitalist, Grousbeck should understand. Behind closed doors, he must regret his now infamous vow. Obviously, C’s owners want a winning product even more than the most faithful fans, since a few more seats sold never hurts the bottom line, but Ainge isn’t about to let fandom get in the way of good business practice. Don’t get me wrong. Ainge’s offseason has been a dud. The lottery went off without a bang. The Kevin Love sweepstakes fizzled. His biggest move in free agency thus far has been a four-year, $32 million deal to retain Avery
06/27/14 02:46 EST
It’s almost as if the Celtics had their 2014-15 marketing campaign in mind upon selecting players named Smart and Young with their two first-round picks. After respectively taking Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart and Kentucky freshman wing James Young with the Nos. 6 and 17 picks, team president Danny Ainge might as well have posted a Rajon Rondo ad on Craigslist. In the hours leading up to the draft, the Kevin Love trade discussion grew quieter than a Trappist monk, and the possibility of him landing in Boston seems even less likely after the fact. Love is no longer the answer, and therefore neither is Rondo. While Ainge and Celtics coach Brad Stevens answered the requisite inquiries about the possibility of Rondo and Smart coexisting with an emphatic “absolutely,” the real question still remains: What’s the point of keeping Rondo now? When asked if he planned on moving forward with Rondo, Ainge offered a one-word response: “Yes.” Any
06/19/14 09:04 EST
The more the Kevin Love sweepstakes change, the more they stay the same. Ever since Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett last summer, he’s acquired chips and freed up cash in hopes of landing the NBA’s next big name on the market. Hence, the C’s pursuit of Love. As soon as news began trickling out in mid-May that Love wanted a change of scenery, the Celtics emerged as the favorite for his services. While a handful of other teams have inserted themselves into the conversation, all roads lead back to Boston. Each time we’re reminded the C’s are the favorite to land the three-time All-Star’s services, a media conduit offers another alternative from an anonymous source (see the official Celtics-centric Kevin Love timeline on Green Street). Once Adrian Wojnarowski dubbed the Celtics as “the sleeper gathering momentum” in the pursuit of Love, we heard rumors he prefers the Warriors and Bulls.



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