Miami Heat president Pat Riley on Friday forcefully responded to criticism leveled against LeBron James by Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

"Danny Ainge needs to shut the f--- up and manage his own team," Riley said in a statement released through a Heat spokesman. "He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him."

Ainge said he was at a loss to explain why Riley should have gotten into such a lather in the first place.

"I stand by what I said. That's all. I don't care about Pat Riley. He can say whatever he wants," Ainge said in the runway shortly before Friday night's game against Atlanta.

Ainge couldn't let it go without one final shot at Riley.

"I don't want to mess up his Armani suits and all that hair goop. It would be way too expensive for me," he said.

Ainge told Boston radio station WEEI on Thursday that James had no cause to challenge officials for failing to classify fouls assessed to Chicago's Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson on James as flagrant.

"I think the referees got the calls right. I don't think it was a hard foul," Ainge said Thursday. "I think the one involving LeBron against [Carlos] Boozer, that was flagrant. I think the officials got it right.

"I think that it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating."