Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge isn’t losing his head over the shove seen around the world of NBA Twitter, and between Celtics teammates Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris, on Thursday night.
“I honestly didn’t think anything of it,” Ainge told the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett on Friday. “I like Marcus’ and Jaylen’s character and personalities and feistiness, and, like, I just think nothing of something like this.”
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It’s believed the incident between Brown and Morris was sparked and came at the first stoppage following Brown’s lazy defense after a miss, which featured the veteran Morris clapping at Brown in obvious frustration.
And it’s just the latest ‘drama’ to seemingly derail the Celtics in what’s been a season of team meetings and role changes being met with some slight contention and frustrations from players that thrived for last year’s undermanned unit.
But Ainge remains focused on the big picture of things, noting that this is hardly uncommon for a team.
“It’s something where those things happen to best friends even,” Ainge said. “Heck, I remember those things happening to Rondo and Perk. You know, they’re best buddies, but it’s just the heat of the battle, and I didn’t have a second thought about it.”
To Ainge’s point, how could we possibly forget Kevin Garnett making Glen Davis straight-up cry on the bench? Ainge himself, meanwhile, had personal experiences from his own playing days to fall back on, too.
“I’ve had a few guys shove me in my day,” Ainge told Bulpett. “We all got called out as players by teammates, and we did our share of calling out teammates when things weren’t going right.”
The Celtics will look to prove that they’re still a united group Saturday night against the Orlando Magic.