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“No Finish Line” for Ainge in 13th Season With Celtics

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Having recently brought the team back into contention, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has no upcoming plans to retire.

Ainge clarified as much in a Boston Herald article published Monday, saying he “sees no finish line” to his current run with the organization.

“I’m having too much fun,” Ainge told the Herald. “I like working with the guys. I feel like right now, after 12 years, I think what we’ve sort of built with our data people, our sports science people, our training staff, our medical staff and our coaching staff, it’s come a long way. I love working with the guys I work with.”

Ainge joined the Celtics in 2003, leading them to nine playoff appearances in 12 seasons. The highlight of his tenure is obviously 2008’s league title, one of two NBA Finals Boston reached during the “Big Three” era.

The players from those rosters have all since gone elsewhere, but Ainge refuses to dwell on the past.

“I still like the players of today,” he said. “I’m not one of those people that think, ‘Oh, the players of today aren’t what they used to be.’ I don’t see that at all. I love the young kids. I love how hard they work. They work harder than we ever worked. They energize me. I love being around this group of guys.”

The Celtics face their highest expectations this fall under head coach Brad Stevens, who is looking to improve off last year’s 40-42 record. Coming in the wake of 2013’s 25-win rebuilding campaign, the C’s surprised many with the postseason berth — even if its result was a first-round sweep.

Ainge says he wants Stevens to succeed just as much as his predecessor — Doc Rivers — calling it his motivation.

“These guys dedicate their lives to it, and I want them all to be successful,” Ainge said. “That’s what makes it fun.”

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