Danny Ainge Rumors
The Boston Celtics announced that guard Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery today to remove two screws in his left patella. “The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
“We’re not giving up on this,” the Celtics’ president of basketball operations told the Herald. “Absolutely not. We’ve competed with the best teams in the league with all the injuries we’ve had to Marcus [Smart] and Kyrie and Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis. We beat a hungry Oklahoma City team. We beat Portland on their home court. We beat Utah, who’s one of the hottest teams in the league fighting for their lives, on their home court. We beat Toronto last Saturday.”
Danny Ainge: “I’m excited about the playoffs. I really am. Like, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin, this is their opportunity. And Jaylen [Brown] and Jayson [Tatum] and Marcus Morris and [Al] Horford and [Aron] Baynes and Greg Monroe, I mean, the whole group. These guys are looking forward to playing in the playoffs. And we have the luxury to give them a little bit of rest without taking them completely out of rhythm in these last four games, which is very rare to be able to do heading into the playoffs.”
“Of course, we were hopeful that the first procedure would work and that Kyrie could play at some point in the playoffs,” said Ainge. “And then unfortunately we won’t have him now. He’s a huge part of our team and a huge part of our future. The good news is we feel like he’ll be better than ever come training camp.”
Chris Vernon: This particular agent I was talking to about this idea of group think [surrounding the NBA draft] and that guys are scared to overdraft somebody, the one personnel guy that he brought up to me, he said, ‘That’s why I have so much respect for Danny Ainge. Because he’s got his board and he sticks to his board, and he doesn’t give a crap what all these mock drafts say. So if people think it’s goofy that [he] takes Terry Rozier at 17th, he doesn’t care.’
He was the 60th pick in a draft in which nobody liked him. He was undervalued by Sacramento and discarded by Phoenix before finding a coach (Stevens) and a GM (Danny Ainge) who believed in him in Boston. They didn’t just give him playing time, either — he earned it. “He’s a tough sucker, man,” former Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty told Yahoo Sports. “He played through pain. He’d go down, he’d get right back up. IT is always IT. Win, lose, he’s the same giving, loving person. He worked hard. He was in the gym more than anybody. He put the time in. He did all the right things.”
“I’ve always looked at mental health issues as no different than, ‘Does [a] player need glasses?’ ” Ainge said. “Most mental health issues are something players need to maintain. If they stick to a maintenance program, it’s going to help them. If they don’t, it won’t. “The biggest challenge for us is to get them to utilize the tools available to them in the first place.”