Heat’s Pat Riley to Celtics’ Danny Ainge: ‘Shut the (expletive) up’

It looks like the Celtics – Heat rivalry has officially gone from the court to the suites.

LeBron James spoke out against the officiating after the Heat’s 27-game winning streak was snapped by the Bulls on Wednesday, saying “a lot of my fouls are not basketball plays”.

The comments came due to two hard fouls on James by the Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson, neither of which were called flagrant.

“It’s been happening all year, and I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell [coach Erik Spoelstra], ‘Let’s not worry about it too much,”‘ James said. “But it is getting to me a little bit because every time I try to defend myself, I got to face the consequences of a flagrant for me or a technical foul, whatever the case may be. It’s tough. It’s tough. It’s very tough, and I’m not sitting here crying about anything because I play the game at a high level.”

Well, that comment didn’t go unnoticed by Celtics GM Danny Ainge, who has seen James benefit from countless touch fouls. In an appearance on WEEI on Thursday, Ainge responded to James comments, saying, “I think that it’s almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating.”

Well, Heat President Pat Riley wasn’t going to let that slide. In a statement to Heat officials, delivered to Heat media, Riley took a big shot at Ainge.

“Danny Ainge needs to shut the f— up and manage his own team,” Riley said. “He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”

The Globe’s Gary Washburn found Ainge prior to the Celtics – Hawks game on Friday to get a response.

“We’re both right,” Ainge said. “LeBron should stop complaining and I should manage my own team.”

Ainge wouldn’t deny that he was a complainer out on the court, either.

“Oh heavens yes. It’s not a secret.”

But Ainge also wouldn’t leave without reiterating the “embarrassment” James should feel for his complaints.

“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.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Man under evaluation for alleged gun threat at…

A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times' headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.