Danny Ainge, much like Larry Bird, has been a winner as a player, coach and front office exec. His full-court buzz-beater vs. Notre Dame was thrilling.
Most younger Celtics fans know Danny Ainge as the guy that runs the Boston Celtics organization, but he has two Championship rings and one All-Star appearance under his belt. And, by the way, he was a star for Brigham Young University – shining particularly brightly in a 1981 March Madness contest versus a powerful Notre Dame squad.
I remember this game very well. Ainge had future Celtics Greg Kite and Fred Roberts at his side, but Notre Dame countered with Orlando Woolridge, John Paxson, Kelly Tripuka and future-Celtic, Joe Kleine. There were eight seconds left in the game, and BYU was down one point, 50-49. Danny took the inbounds pass, motored down court – avoiding all five Notre Dame defenders – and laid the ball in for the win.
Danny Ainge was known as the quickest white guy in the NBA. He could play, and he is even a better League Exec. Here he is with a full-court, 1-on-5 buzzer-beater vs. Notre Dame.
— Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) October 15, 2019
Ainge came away with team-highs in points (12), assists (3) and steals (3). The BYU team went wild, with no member more excited than Danny. Take a look at the end of the video below.
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Ainge is a winner no matter what he does
The above was a viewer reaction to the video. I was a major fan of Ainge when he played and when he coached. But I never had him pegged as a very successful NBA Executive. Danny knows that you don’t win if you don’t take chances, and he has taken quite a few. Sometimes labeled as a whiner, complainer and gunner – Danny just throws that back at his critics.
After last season’s disappointments, the Celtics look prepared to take on all comers. A very good draft and off-season moves should make for a satisfying season. I frankly wouldn’t want anyone else running the show.
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