Nothing like a heated exchange from executives of two rival teams to spruce up a potential playoff showdown.
After Danny Ainge told WEEI radio Thursday that LeBron James should be “embarrassed” for complaining about officiating, Miami Heat president Pat Riley, an old adversary of the Celtics, released a statement to the Miami media saying Ainge should “shut the (expletive) up and manage his own team.”
Through a team spokesman, he added, “He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”
When told by the Globe of Riley’s comments, Ainge laughed, completely unaware that his statements about James would spark such controversy.
“What did I say?” he asked. “I would say we’re both right. LeBron should stop complaining. I complained as a player and I should manage my own team. We’re both right.”
When asked if complained 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. We’re both right.”