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Ainge: 'Maybe someday Isaiah will understand the trade better than he does now'

Ainge: 'Maybe someday Isaiah will understand the trade better than he does now'

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas has made no secret about still having some hard feelings towards Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, who traded him to Cleveland as part of a package that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. 
 
“This is the kind of thing that stinks about the job sometimes,” Ainge told NBC Sports Boston as part of their Celtics Season Preview show. “But I certainly understand his emotions. He’s been through a lot. He’s injured right now. He gave us a lot. There’s not any question about that. Maybe someday he’ll understand it better than he does right now.”

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The Celtics were not seriously looking into trading Thomas until Irving’s trade request became public knowledge in July. 
 
Before the Celtics had a conversation with the Cavs about Irving, they knew any deal would have to include Thomas. 
 
“Whenever star players become available, we always discuss them and look into them and see if this is a possibility for us and see what the cost is,” Ainge said. “That’s what happened in the Kyrie thing. We just went down that road.”
 
Ainge added, “Sometimes you have to do tough things. That was a really tough thing. [Thomas] gave us so much. He gave our organization so much."

And as far as Thomas saying he may not ever talk to Ainge again?

"I’ve had my children tell me worse things," Ainge said. "They do talk to me sometimes a month later. So, I hope that this will pass. But time will tell.”
 
There’s no question part of Thomas’ anger and resentment has to do with the emotional attachment he developed with the Celtics franchise. 
 
“That was a difficult situation because he was 100 percent Celtic,” Ainge said. “And he had really bought in. We had bought in to him and he had bought in to us.”
 
While acknowledging the emotional connection that existed, Ainge is wise enough to know that can’t be a factor when it comes to potential trades.  As a former player in the NBA who had been traded before, Ainge knows all too well how difficult it can be to keep emotions out of the equation.
 
“I have to do what’s best for the Celtics,” Ainge said. “This is not my team. This is the city of Boston’s team. We have a lot of people involved in these decisions which are very, very difficult. You have to take emotion out of it and do what’s best for the team, short-term and long-term.”

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

1:18 - Chris Forsberg joins Michael Holley and DJ Bean to break down the Celtics 98-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game back from the All-Star Break.

5:35 - We hear from Alex Cora down in Fort Myers on the state of Dustin Pedroia returning to the field and Tom Giles is joined by Lou Merloni to discuss how the veteran second baseman has looked in the first week of camp.

8:41 -Tommy Heinsohn chimes in on the drama and problems affecting the Celtics from Kyrie’s blowup about the media on Thursday night to his comments about the media tearing locker rooms apart.

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NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

MILWAUKEE -- The good news is folks won’t have to wait until the league’s two-minute report to learn why the officials ruled a shot-clock violation against Milwaukee on a potential tipped-in shot attempt in the closing seconds. 

With the Bucks ahead 98-97 and in possession of the ball, there was a jumpball called between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Marcus Smart with 0.2 seconds on the shot clock. 

Antetokounmpo tipped the ball to Brook Lopez, who immediately tapped it towards the rim with the goal being to kill as much of the 3.7 seconds remaining off the clock as possible.

But after the officials huddled together, they ruled that it was a shot-clock violation.

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After the game, pool reporter Eric Nehm of The Athletic spoke with NBA crew chief Mike Callahan about the call. 

Here is their exchange:

Q: Please explain why there was a shot clock violation off the jump ball with 3.7 seconds remaining (in the game)?

Callahan: “With .2 seconds, the 24-second clock didn’t start until (Brook) Lopez possessed the ball. When he possesses the ball, you cannot have a legal shot attempt with .2 on the shot clock.”

Q: Does the clock start on that play when Giannis (Antetokounmpo) tips the ball or when Brook Lopez catches it?

Callahan: “The 24-second clock starts when Lopez has possession of the ball on his shot attempt.”

Q: How much time is needed to execute a tip without it being a violation?

Callahan: “A legal tip play can occur with .1 or .2 tenths of a second.”

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