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Ainge’s Expectations
The Celtics moved in the wrong direction during the 2005-06 season as they fell 12 games in the standings and missed the playoffs. Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge bluntly said, “I expected better results.” However, there were some bright spots off the court during that campaign. TD Banknorth purchased Fleet Bank and renamed Boston’s […]
Just What the Doc Ordered
Just two days after the Celtics bounced out of the 2004 NBA Playoffs, Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge found his new head coach in former Orlando Magic Coach Doc Rivers. “Doc’s style is great for the type of team we have,” Ainge said of the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year. Ainge’s belief in […]
Over Before it Started
The Celtics never recovered after the resignation of Head Coach Jim O’Brien in January 2004, and Boston limped into the playoffs under interim Coach John Carroll by winning just 14 of 36 games at the season’s end. Facing the top-seeded Indiana Pacers, a team headed by Pacers President Larry Bird, the Celtics suffered a four-game […]
Shaking Things Up in 2005-06
After winning the Atlantic Division in Head Coach Doc Rivers’ first season, anticipation was high for the 2005-06 Celtics, but a slow start stunted the team. A huge midseason trade shook things up by sending Ricky Davis and Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Wally Szczerbiak. Despite the changes, Boston finished with […]
Wrong Size Ricky
Former first-round pick Ricky Davis came to Boston in late 2003 as part of a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In three years with the Celtics, Davis averaged double digits in points every year with a high of 19.7 in the 2005-06 season. Perhaps Davis’ most famous story comes from his time with the Cavaliers. […]