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Sport Danny Ainge could reportedly step down from position with Celtics

10:25  05 june  2021
10:25  05 june  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

Danny Ainge claims 'I never heard any of that' in response to Kyrie Irving's Boston racism concerns

  Danny Ainge claims 'I never heard any of that' in response to Kyrie Irving's Boston racism concerns Two days after Kyrie Irving expressed concern about racism from Boston sports fans, Danny Ainge said those worries were news to him. Irving played for the Boston Celtics for two seasons before joining the Brooklyn Nets in 2020. Ainge played for the Celtics for eight seasons in the 1980s. He has been the franchise's president of basketball operations since 2003. On Thursday, he said that he's never heard a player complain about racism from the Boston fan base. “I think that we take those kinds of things seriously," Ainge told Boston's 98.5 on a weekly radio hit.

The Boston Celtics are coming off an extremely disappointing season that ended with them being dominated by the Brooklyn Nets, and a massive change could be coming to their organization this offseason.

a man in a suit and tie: Boston Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge (right) talks with an official after a Celtics victory over the Denver Nuggets. © Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Boston Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge (right) talks with an official after a Celtics victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Longtime general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is contemplating his future and will consider stepping down, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Ainge has been a part of Boston’s front office for nearly 20 years. He was first hired as the executive director of basketball operations for the team in 2003. He has a long history with the franchise, as he also played for the Celtics from 1981-1989. Ainge has won two two NBA titles as a player in Boston and one as an executive.

Marcus Smart immediately contradicts Danny Ainge's comments about Kyrie Irving, racism

  Marcus Smart immediately contradicts Danny Ainge's comments about Kyrie Irving, racism Danny Ainge was evidently surprised that Kyrie Irving alleged "subtle racism" among Boston fans. The Celtics' GM said that he has "never heard that" from any Celtics player. Apparently, he didn't ask Marcus Smart."I think that we take those kind of things seriously," Ainge said. "I never heard any of that, from any player that I've ever played with in my 26 years in Boston. I never heard that before from Kyrie and I talked to him quite a bit.

Ainge is known for being one of the most aggressive GMs in basketball, hence his nickname “Trader Danny.” He has both traded and acquired a number of star players over the years, most notably when he brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season. The Celtics won their last championship that year.

There had been talk that Brad Stevens could be on the hot seat following a rough year, but Ainge has repeatedly defended the Celtics coach. Perhaps Ainge is placing most of the blame for the team’s struggles on himself and feels he has not done a good enough job with roster construction.


Video: Brad Stevens promoted to President of Basketball Ops as Ainge retires (SMG)

It’s hard to imagine Ainge leaving the Celtics altogether, so it’s possible he could move to a different role within the organization.

Kevin Durant and James Harden combine for 80 but Brooklyn falls short, 125-119

  Kevin Durant and James Harden combine for 80 but Brooklyn falls short, 125-119 Came up short. The Nets fell short of a fourth-quarter comeback Friday, losing to the Celtics, 125-119. With the loss, Boston avoids a potential sweep and now trails 2-1 in the first-round series. Brooklyn entered the fourth quarter down 12 points and no momentum on their side after a strong third quarter from Boston, but Brooklyn fell short in the final minute. James Harden, who showed off his firepower and finished with 41 points, hit a pair of 27-foot step-back threes followed by Kyrie Irving who hit a 27-foot three to cut the deficit to 105-97 with 7:36 remaining. The Nets entered the final minute down 120-113.

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Report: Celtics trading Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown, 2023 pick .
Kemba Walker's time with the Celtics is over. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski, the Boston Celtics are trading Walker, plus the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, the Celtics are getting Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a 2023 second-round pick. The Celtics are trading Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2021 Walker, 31, came to the Celtics in 2019 by a sign-and-trade deal.

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