Danny Ainge plans to remain Celtics GM and is anxious to get back to work, Austin Ainge says

Alex Reimer
May 17, 2019 - 10:41 am

Danny Ainge is recovering from his heart attack and anxious to get back to work, according to Austin Ainge, who doubles as the team’s director of player personnel and Danny’s son.

In an interview with the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Austin Ainge expresses amazement at his father’s speedy recovery. Ainge, who recently turned 60, suffered a mild heart attack last month in Milwaukee. It was his second in 10 years. 

“He’s back at it,” Austin Ainge said. “He’s doing great. He’s been texting me 100 times a day. He loves his job, and he wants to continue doing it.”

While Ainge still can’t travel, he’s already attended several pre-draft workouts at the Celtics’ facility in Brighton. Boston has three first-round picks this year, beginning with the No. 14 overall selection.

In the immediate aftermath of his heart attack, Ainge’s family took away his cell phone and prohibited him from watching the final games of the season. Given how poorly the Celtics played, that might’ve been a blessing.

“He’s doing well and he’s very motivated,” Austin Ainge told Himmelsbach. “Pretty much life back to normal. It didn’t take him long to turn into 60-year-old Dennis the Menace again.”

Hopefully Ainge is taking advantage of the relative downtime now. Business promises to start moving at an accelerated pace as soon as Kyrie opts out July 1.