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Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Posted on: November 4, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm
 
Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge stands up for forward Kevin Garnett, who had been the subject of criticism after Detroit Pistons forward Charliedanny-ainge Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient." Posted by Ben Golliver Just when you were starting to get completely sick of the feud between Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, prompted by some Villanueva tweets that accused KG of calling him a "cancer patient," Celtics president Danny Ainge steps boldly into the fray to defend Garnett's honor.  In an interview on Boston radio station WEEI, Ainge reportedly called Villanueva's claims "ludicrous" and accused him of using Twitter to promote himself rather than spread an awareness message. ESPN Boston has a partial transcript of the interview.  
"There's one thing that I know for sure, and it's that KG would not offend cancer patients," Ainge said. "That makes no sense. It makes no sense on a lot of fronts. Not only is he experiencing it in his own family, but that's just not something I've ever heard -- in 30 years -- ever say, in trash talking. What is logical in a trash talking situation for a player to say to another player, 'You have cancer' or 'You are cancer'?"
"...Tweeting is about self-promotion in most cases," he said. "He's [Villanueva] not trying to be a public servant by telling everybody. As a matter of fact he's the one who brings light to this attention ... There's self-promotion in tweeting -- all the time. You are talking about a guy who tweets in the middle of a game. Talk about self-promotion.
The sentiment expressed in Villanueva's tweets immediately drew criticism from cancer surviving coach of the Denver Nuggets George Karl. In an official statement Wednesday, Garnett denied calling Villanueva a "cancer patient," stating that he instead said Villanueva was "cancerous to your team and our league," and he did not apologize for his actions. While Ainge's message might not have been necessary given that the public was just about getting ready to move on from the situation, it exemplifies effective management in a business that's subject to public scrutiny. Although he goes too far when he blames Villanueva, who is the victim here, Ainge's job, first and foremost, is to defend the reputation of his players and his organization. He succeeded at that task, without question. By standing up so forcefully for Garnett, Ainge sends a clear message to the entire organization and its fan base that he will defend his players, especially if they feel they have been wronged or if they are suffering intense criticism. By speaking so frankly, Ainge also invites criticism of himself, which neatly takes some Heat off of Garnett. It's a win-win. Now that we've heard from all of the involved parties, and all of their supporters and sympathizers, hopefully that is the last of it.
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Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:05 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

WOW, Clubsfit  do you know that you don't have to be able to spell cancerous  to say it? Dumb comment and what Danny Ainge said was right on target. Now think about this, in a trash smack down it would be pretty out of place for someone to call another " a cancer patient". When you are in a heated argument you might call someone an SOB, MF, a little b****, and a lot of other thins but to just blurt our oh you are "a cancer patient" is just so ridiculous on so many levels i can't possibly even imagine it.  Want to know who is the one that is ....a jag? Villanueva, and you if you really believe that Kevin Garnett said that, you and anybody else. Villanueva is a flake, an attention seeker. This is not the only time Villanueva has said or done things just to get attention like Ainge said. It's an old story,that is what's insulting. Not any that Garnett said. So why don't just get over this stupidness and start getting to the subject at hand, Basketball.

             PEACE   



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:00 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

WOW, Clubsfit  do you know that you don't have to be able to spell cancerous  to say it? Dumb comment and what Danny Ainge said was right on target. Now think about this, in a trash smack down it would be pretty out of place for someone to call another " a cancer patient". When you are in a heated argument you might call someone an SOB, MF, a little b****, and a lot of other thins but to just blurt our oh you are "a cancer patient" is just so ridiculous on so many levels i can't possibly even imagine it.  Want to know who is the one that is ....a jag? Villanueva, and you if you really believe that Kevin Garnett said that, you and anybody else. Villanueva is a flake, an attention seeker. This is not the only time Villanueva has said or done things just to get attention like Ainge said. It's an old story,that is what's insulting. Not any that Garnett said. So why don't just get over this stupidness and start getting to the subject at hand, Basketball.

             PEACE   




Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2010 8:19 pm
 

Nice work Ainge




Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Here... He obviously said it! Bad taste, and then to deny it and then give some line that is obviously way over KG's head. I'm pretty sure KG can't spell cancerous......... He has always been a jag. 



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:14 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Great.  Danny Ainge couldn't leave well enough alone and now he looks as much the idiot as KG.  Maybe Paul Pierce would like to underscore how KG would never say what he is accused of saying, and how it's commonplace to instead tell another player "you are a cancer to your team and to the league".  Right.  That was real believable.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2010 9:02 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Danny Ainge half ass?  It is you that are the half ass!  Ainge played 14 seasons in the NBA.  2 time NBA champion, 1 time all-star and all-american in college.  Not too many people on this earth can put that on a resume.  Oh--he was also played MKB for 3 years prior to his NBA career.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:00 am
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

garddogdan you are  not very smart aren't you? at least this guy is the president of that team and stands for his players. Also what he said makes sense. I'd rather say that villanueva is so dumb that he thinks when he is called cancerous for his team or for the league, that they are calling him a cancer patient, he is the clown, as you are too i would say.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:22 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

KG says much more vulgar comments everytime he takes the floor but has said something insulting that touches nearly everyone.  Danny Ainge must have pictures of the Celtic's brass in compromising situations because he sucked as a player and is a wannabe exec.  His comments are empty nothings. loser.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

Danny Ainge... half assed basketball who couldn't make it in baseball.  What a clown.



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Danny Ainge fires back at Charlie Villanueva

 you make a fantastic point. Is it in any way cool to cry to your fans if someone hurt your feelings in a game? I don't think it is. I doubt any of the greats would ever do something like that...and I mean ANY of them. Good job Danny for sticking up for your players right or wrong. You don't see enough backbone like that anymore, I love it! I'm still upset about how much CBSSports said about this story (paid editorials) before getting Garnett's opinion. Anyone with me there?


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