That's right . . . the next move.
"Unless you have the guts to make decisions that are unpopular with your coach or with the fans or the media, then you don't deserve the director of basketball operations," O'Brien said in defense of Ainge in the Boston Herald. "He's not having a problem making tough decisions. Are we closer to being a better basketball team as a result of the trades he has made? My answer is absolutely."
In case you've lost track, in less than one season, Ainge has completely revamped the Celtic roster by trading away Antoine Walker, Tony Delk, Eric Williams, Tony Battie and Kedrick Brown. In exchange, he got Ricky Davis, Raef LaFrentz, Jiri Welsch, Chris Mihm, Chris Mills, Michael Stewart, a 2004 first-round pick and a 2004 second-round pick.