Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said in last week’s appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich Show that he had four TV’s in his office, and would be watching the NCAA Tournament closely.
This week, however, he’s putting less stock into what transpired.
Ainge talked about March Madness so far, saying that his perception of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins has not changed, though both have been eliminated already.
“I don’t put all that much stock in to it,” Ainge said. “I don’t put that much stock into just one game, a win or loss, in the NCAA Tournament.”
Parker and Duke were ousted in the first round against Mercer, while Wiggins and Kansas were beaten by Stanford in a game where Wiggins only had four points.
“We’ve watched all the top prospects play all year long, and really one game doesn’t make that much of a difference.”
Ainge also spoke of surprise performances in the tourney, warning that is would be naïve to get too excited over a single game.
“There’s a great history of guys who average six points a game, then have a couple of 30-point games in the NCAA Tournament. Typically, they are the six point a game players when it all comes down to it, and vice versa.”
It is also worth mentioning that Ainge spoke of the current state of the NBA, comparing it to the days when he played.
“For whatever reason there’s not as many quality 7-footers, or 6-foot-10 and above guys in the game today as there was in the ‘80s,” he said.