In a recent interview on WEEI radio, Celtics GM, Danny Ainge, called LeBron James “almost embarrassing” for complaining about foul calls after Chicago snapped Miami’s 27-game winning streak. LeBron James responded at Friday’s shootaround in New Orleans, saying “Nothing that comes out of Boston surprises me,” but Miami wasn’t done firing back. Heat president Pat Riley had a response of his own today which he released through Heat PR.
Message from Pat Riley: “Danny Ainge needs to STFU.” Yes, this is real. Delivered by Heat spokesman Tim Donovan.
Pat Riley also said Danny Ainge was the “biggest whiner going when he was a player. I know that because I coached against him.”
Ainge responds to Riley’s comment, via Gary Washburn, Boston Globe:
Response from Danny Ainge to Riley: “We’re both right. LeBron should stop complaining and I should manage my own team.”
When asked if complained a lot to officials as a player, Ainge said: “Oh heavens yes. It’s not a secret. Pat Riley’s right. I should manage my own team and I complained a lot (as a player). And I’m right. LeBron should be embarrassed by how he complains about the calls he gets.”