''I don't know a thing about it,'' Danny Ainge, the Celtics' executive
director for basketball operations, told the Sun-Times in an e-mail
sent shortly before 11 p.m. Chicago time.
With the Celtics
scheduled to play Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight against the Los
Angeles Lakers at Staples Center, Paxson and Forman would be guilty of
an enormous breach of NBA protocol and ethics if they attempted to
interview Thibodeau without Ainge's explicit consent while the Boston
Said Jeff Twiss, Boston's veteran vice
president of media relations: ''Unless I'm missing something here,
everything on the court involving the Boston Celtics -- personnel,
coaches, support staff -- is under Danny's watch. Everything goes
through him. That's just the way it is in our organization.
Danny doesn't know anything about it, quite simply, we're denying it,''
Twiss said. ''I am very surprised. Times have changed, but there still
are normal policies and procedures.''
Asked if there's any
chance Paxson and Forman have received permission to interview
Thibodeau, Twiss reiterated: ''Again, Danny is the only one who could
answer that question, and he has said quite clearly, 'No.'''
The article goes on to allude to this simply being gamesmanship by the Bulls to go to L.A. to convey interest even if they're not talking.
Seriously, if they're going to L.A. to convey interest and blew the window to actually speak with him for five days then what the heck are they thinking?
Unless of course, they really aren't interested, but then why go to L.A.?
It's hard to rationalize this into something that doesn't make the front office look like the keystone cops again.