Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut up
BOSTON -- Miami Heat President Pat Riley has added another chapter to his rivalry with the Boston Celtics.
This saga started Wednesday after Miami's 27-game winning streak ended in Chicago. James told reporters that night, “It’s been happening all year and I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell [Eric Spoelstra] not to worry about it too much. It is getting to me a little bit.”
A day later, Ainge told WEEI that "it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating."
James said he wasn’t surprised to hear something like that from Boston, but it was James’ boss who had a stronger reaction to Ainge’s comments. In a statement officially released by the Miami Heat, Riley said, “Danny Ainge needs to shut the (expletive) up and manage his own team."
Riley, the former Lakers coach, went on to say that Ainge, the former Celtic “was the biggest whiner going when he was playing. I know that, because I coached against him.”
Ainge quickly responded saying, “We’re both right. LeBron should stop complaining, and I should manage my own team.”
Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers said he’s loving the rivalry.
“I think it’s funny. I think it’s very interesting,” Rivers said. “I can relate. I think it’s cool, I think they should duke it out.”