How did Boston Celtics get Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown? Danny Ainge speaks

CEO of Utah Jazz Basketball Danny Ainge reacts while looking on as he arrives prior to their game between the Los Clippers after being appointed Alternate Governor and CEO of Utah Jazz Basketball during game Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The former BYU great and NBA star spent much of the previous two decades calling the shots for the Boston Celtics, who will Golden State in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

As the Boston Celtics head toward a crucial Game 6 in the NBA Finals on Thursday, the man who essentially built that team through a series of hires, stealth trades and leadership was on his way this week to San Jose to visit his aging father, Don Ainge.

Danny Ainge, a legendary Celtics player and Naismith College Player of the Year winner at BYU, is now an executive with the Utah Jazz. He paused for a few minutes at the airport for a phone interview about the Celtics’ roster, which has his fingerprints all over it.

“You know, it’s been fun watching their success,” said Ainge. “I guess it’s just like anybody you know well and have spent time with and watching them succeed at anything, it brings me joy.”

The Celtics are a highly energetic defensive juggernaut, a team that absorbs adversity and keeps and possesses an extremely competitive personality. Boston faces an experienced, veteran playoff team in the Golden State Warriors, led by shooting icon Stephen Curry.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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