Boston Celtics: Ryan McDonough
Asked about the secret to Boston's recent success, McDonough pointed to defense, a tone that was set with the arrival of Kevin Garnett. McDonough also pointed to this core's focus on unselfishness and playing for their teammates instead of themselves.
When asked about ascending to a general manager at age 33, McDonough heaped praise on Boston's ownership for hiring him out of college a decade ago and at his former boss, Danny Ainge, for trusting him with many aspects of basketball operations. McDonough noted that this is his 11th NBA draft and that he's scouted most of the league's players, even some veterans, while they were still in high school or college.
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BOSTON -- A handful of noteworthy quotes after Celtics coach Doc Rivers and assistant general manager Ryan McDonough addressed the media following Boston's first-round selections of Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Syracuse's Fab Melo:
* Rivers' take on first-rounders: Added Rivers on a conference call from New York: "Obviously we needed to address size. The fact that, No. 1, Jared Sullinger fell to us, is just fortunate. Last year he would have a been a top-5 pick. It gives us a rebounder, a high IQ player, a good player, a really good player from the outside. Fab Melo does the same thing. He has size and we like size -- we needed size. It gives us the chance to work with him. We think he can be a good player."
* Concerns about Sullinger's back? Both Rivers and McDonough downplayed the severity of Sullinger's back woes that caused his slide. Said Rivers: "We feel pretty good about it or we wouldn't have taken him. Obviously, we're going to have to watch him and make sure he has the right treatment all the time. ... All the doctors that we talked to gave the clearance and none of them red-flagged him. That's fine by us." Added McDonough: "Our doctors took a look at him at the combine in Chicago. There are, I guess, what you could call 'minor concerns,' for the back. Obviously it wasn't enough of a concern to deter us from taking him. We think if Jared were completely healthy, if there were no issues, he would be a top-10 pick. Our doctors and our basketball staff determined that it was worth what we considered to be a slight risk."
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