When talking to the media Wednesday on Vegas, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear how he feels about LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference.
“I don’t really care about that. We’re trying to win championships, and you still have to play LeBron,” Ainge said.
The C’s quickly became Eastern Conference favorites after the announcement that James would join the Lakers. Ainge echoed coach Brad Stevens’ thoughts.
“There’s a lot of good teams and a lot of good players and its all about who plays the best,” he said to ESPN earlier in the week.
Ainge seems to feel the same way, too, explaining the Eastern Conference doesn’t often get enough respect.
“I think that there’s a lot of good teams in the East that get undersold a little bit,” he said. “I think Washington, and Milwaukee’s an up-and-coming team, and Toronto was the best team in the conference last year during the regular season and I think they’re a fantastic team. So, the East is going to be tough.”
James has kept the Celtics out of the NBA finals the past two seasons so it’s clear that his move to the West opens things up for the C’s, but there’s still work to do.
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