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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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01/21/15 06:18 EST
During a recent game against the Atlanta Hawks, I was chatting with a colleague in TD Garden’s Will McDonough Press Room when Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge walked by. “What is this, some sort of meeting of the minds?” asked Ainge. “Ah … we were just talking about … Jonas Valanciunas,” we said. “Yeah … Jonas Valanciunas.” He kept walking, unable to offer his take on the former No. 5 pick. In reality, we were discussing Ainge’s draft history, if only because his currently rebuilding plan centers on stockpiling picks like some sort of hoarder. I was firmly on the side of his draft past being relatively poor, but was being persuaded otherwise, based mainly on the C’s positioning during the new Big Three era and their lack of lottery luck before and after Kevin Garnett’s arrival in Boston. If only there were a way to measure the percentage with which the current Celtics brass has hit on
01/12/15 01:07 EST
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Danny Ainge’s other shoe has finally dropped. Almost two years after taking the first step -- trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for a trio of first-round picks, expiring contracts and Gerald Wallace’s cumbersome deal -- the Celtics president has finally chosen a direction to begin plodding. Friday’s trade of Brandan Wright punctuates the Rajon Rondo deal and Monday’s swap of Jeff Green completes a demolition project that began in July 2013. The C’s no longer hold out hope of renovating a middling roster; instead, they’ve burned the house Doc Rivers built to the ground and will begin construction on a new era. In place of a starting five that never lost a playoff series is another that won’t ever win one, and yet the Celtics have strangely given their fans a reason to root again. The exodus of Pierce, Garnett, Rondo, Green, Rivers and (who could forget) Jordan Crawford has left the Celtics with as much as $30 million in cap space this summer
01/06/15 01:53 EST
Without their captain, the rudderless Celtics are a sinking ship. Coach Brad Stevens is firing distress signals to no avail, as there’s nobody left to save his stranded soul. “I’ve got to figure out how to coach this team better,” Stevens said following a miserable 104-95 loss to the Hornets that was far worse than the final score. “I’m not doing a very good job. We’re not playing well, and we’re playing almost—it’s not good basketball. We’ve got to do a better job playing good basketball. I’ll figure out the rotations later, once we start playing good basketball and once we’re all very focused on very good basketball. And that’s on me. I’ve got to do a better job.” Since the night Celtics president Danny Ainge traded Rajon Rondo, his team has lost seven of eight games, defeating only a jet-lagged Kings squad on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. In that span, they own the league’s
12/18/14 08:51 EST
The Celtics lost the Rajon Rondo trade, and they didn’t have any other choice. They dealt a four-time All-Star point guard in his prime capable of things on a basketball court previously only reserved for Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, and they reportedly received Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a first-round pick and a second-rounder in return, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has always suggested he never wants to be the one swapping five nickels for a quarter, and he just did. Reading between the lines, though, Ainge had little other choice. The trade sends a number of smoke signals, mainly that Rondo wasn’t willing to re-sign in Boston -- at least not at the C’s asking price -- and his value wasn’t what they would’ve hoped. Faced with the possibility of receiving nothing in return, Ainge chose something. Had there been a better deal on the table, Ainge would’ve made



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