Thursday, April 16, 2009

Danny Ainge Heart Attack Scare

The Boston Celtics had a bit of a scare earlier today when Danny Ainge, the president of basketball operations, had a minor heart attack this morning. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he'll remain for a few days. The former Celtics guard is expected to make a full recovery, but most likely won't be attending Game 1 of the Bulls-Celtics playoff series. Celtics managing partner Stephen Pagliuca provided the Boston Globe with the following info:

"I saw him at about 3:30 p.m. today," Pagliuca said. "I spoke to him and he was already joking about recovering and Eddie House breaking his record [for 3-point percentage in a season] putting him over the top. He was in good spirits. He was with his wife, Michelle, at the hospital. He was in good spirits."

Pagliuca said Ainge, the NBA Executive of the Year last season, probably won't be at Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series tomorrow night against the Bulls. Ainge did not attend the Celtics' regular-season finale Wednesday night against the Wizards because he was feeling ill.

"We're very grateful that Danny is progressing," said Pagliuca, noting that it was a tough day. "He will bounce back quickly. Danny is a warrior.

Read full story on Danny Ainge here.

Ainge not only manages the operations of the team, including the big moves that brought in stars Kevin Garnett from Minnesota and Ray Allen from Seattle, but he also spent over 7 years playing there. His playing days included 2 championships to which he added another as an executive last year. Wishing Danny Ainge a speedy recovery from Love and Basketball NBA Blog. We fully expect Mr. Ainge will continue to be the heart of the Boston Celtics!

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