Could it be any more fitting than Danny Ainge, a gritty, heady Celtic as both a player and GM….
to celebrate his birthday on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day?
Best wishes for a happy 58th to DA and his family.
(Also a member of an elite club to help the Celtics hang banners as both a player, and a coach or GM: Bill Ruseell, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones.)
Here’s to a guy to be named a high school first team All-American in three sports.
Here’s to the man who drove the length of the floor to crush Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.
And to BYU’s greatest athlete ever. Except for Steve Young. And Jim McMahon. All right, he’s definitely on the BYU Mt. Rushmore.
Here’s to a player who, according to Larry Bird, shot “0 for 2457” at his first day of Boston Celtic practice.
Here’s to a sharp-shooter with the toughness of Marcus Smart, who took on Kurt Rambis in one playoff game, Abdul-Jabbar in another.
And to a scrawny guy who took on Wayne Rollins in a fight, inspiring the Boston Globe headline, “Tree Bites Man.”
Here’s to 45 points against the 76ers in 1988, making Larry Bird sweat.
Here’s to a former all-star. Ahrright, one-time. That makes him a former all-star. Danny Ainge deserved more.
Here’s to a man who has changed the NBA with his emphasis on 3-point shooting as a coach.
(But Danny — oh, Danny Ainge — why couldn’t you and Bird, two of the best shooters in the NBA, do the math back in the 1980s? There might be 2-3 more banners up in the rafters….)
Here’s to a GM who strikes fear into the hearts of 29 other front offices. He’s probably wanted in at least 15 states for armed robbery.
And let’s not forget, a pretty credible baseball player.
Hey, Danny, NY Mets on the line, wanna take it?