Ainge says he's practicing patience with Celtics' start

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Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge isn't overly concerned with the team's .500 start.

“I’ve been through this many, many years, and I’m not impatient," Ainge said, via the Boston Herald. "I feel like obviously I know the frustrations our players have felt and the ups and downs that we’ve had through this season so far.

“But I think that we all know we should be doing more and doing better and are capable of it. That’s pretty much all I’ll say about it.”

The Celtics entered Monday night's game at the New Orleans Pelicans at 10-10. They have not lived up to expectations after coming within a win of the Finals last season.

That team did not have star point guard Kyrie Irving, out with an injury. This one does, and Irving has played well. But some insiders think the Celtics need to re-adjust to having Irving (and swingman Gordon Hayward) back in the rotation.

That is likely why Ainge said he is not in a big rush to try to make a deal.

Ainge can take all that in, but the unwritten part of his job description includes a requirement for perspective.

“You know me. I’m always open to doing something,” Ainge said via the Herald. “But that doesn’t mean I think we have to go and get something done right now. And it’s not that simple anyway.

“But patience wins out more often than not -- more than panic. It has to. I know panic is a bad way to react, so I will remain patient and allow our players to find their form. With some teams, it takes time, and some teams get it quicker. But I like a lot of things I see in our team this season, and I’m not going to be impatient.

“Look, I’m always looking to improve our team, but every one of our players is capable of playing better than they’ve played.”