How did the Boston Celtics get Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown? Danny Ainge talking

As the Boston Celtics head toward a crucial Game 6 in the NBA Finals on Thursday, the man who essentially built that team through a series of appointments, hidden deals and drives was on his way this week to San Jose to visit his aging father, without frankly.

Danny Enga legendary Celtics player and winner of the Naismith College of the Year award at Brigham Young University, He is now an executive at Utah Jazz. He stopped for a few minutes at the airport for a phone interview about the Celtics’ roster, which has his fingerprints all over it.

“You know, it was fun watching their success,” Ainge said. “I think like anyone you know well and spend time with and watch him succeed at anything, it brings me joy.”

The Celtics are a very energetic defensive juggernaut, a team that absorbs adversity and maintains a very competitive and possessive personality. Boston faces a seasoned veteran playoff team of the Golden State Warriors, Led shooting icon Stephen Curry.

If Boston ends up winning the championship, someone should send the championship ring to Ainge despite him leaving his position as head of basketball operations A little over a year ago, June 1.

“I don’t expect it, no, not at all,” Ainge said. He prefers to take credit for coaching staff and current executives and remain a satisfied observer of relationships.

But anyone who knows the Celtics gives Ainge full credit for building the current team. Wyc owner Grousbeck certainly does.

Ainge moves

Long-time Butler University coach Brad Stevens recommended Ainge coach the Celtics as the property began looking for a new face and approach to the Xs and Os franchise. Ainge proposed promoting Stevens to an executive position before leaving Boston.

Four of the five starters for Game 1 of the NBA Finals were drafted by Ainge during his tenure as COO. Six rotation players were brought to Boston by Ainge.

People credit Ainge with a fantastic deal with the Brooklyn Nets that eventually landed Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the draft. It was a great strategy and added to the tradition of the team that Ainge has been in for the past 18 years.

Ainge said the team up against the Warriors has different personalities and strengths, but the only thing that stands out is that it’s very small.

“I think they all have different traits,” Ainge said. “They are all different people with different skills, different talents, different personalities. I think what you wish would happen is that the good things come apart.

“I think you’ve seen this group of guys grow over time; going to the conference finals now four times. This is their first trip to the finals, but they’re still young. Jaylen is 25 and Jason is 24. So, they’re still very young and learning.”

In the Golden State fight, Boston fell 3-2 to the game giants.

Young vs. Giant

They are up against a great team,” said Ainge. “It is a breed that has been there many times. So there is a lot to learn through the process, but they have learned from each other through everything they have been through.”

In Brown, he was selected in the 2016 draft by CalAinge and Stevens have found an all-star mixed goalkeeper who can protect four positions, rise above anyone on the field, and deliver exciting scoring strikes that can dominate the game.

Since the Boston Browns drafted, only 10 players have scored more playoff points than he earned, and these players are heading into the Hall of Fame. During the same time, only three players appeared in more play-off matches.

In a sense, Brown represents a lot about the character of Ainge, who has played professional basketball and baseball and will always be a unique athletic talent in many worlds.

Ainge was part of the high school All-America squad in 1977 that included Magic Johnson and Albert King Danny Frans and Jeff Rutland when he played for North Eugene High in Oregon.

When Ainge disagreed with the draft experts and used the first pick to take Duke’s Tatum over star lead Markelle Fultz, his gamble paid off. Brave Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in 2013 for plenty of room to maneuver and new acquisitions that are some of the most impressive managerial moves the league has ever seen.

Ainge has three NBA championship episodes, two as a player and one as an executive.

This is the textbook Ainge: Unbridled Confidence, Bold Decision Making and Unexpected Moves.

His long shot on the field in a high school playoff at the University of Oregon’s MacArthur Stadium remains one of the longest field goals in the facility’s history.

quick touch

In high school, Ainge was all-American at baseball, basketball, and soccer, a rare feat many observers believe to be unparalleled.

for him Iconic dribbling and score to help the Cougars beat Notre Dame At the 1981 NCAA Championships in Atlanta, BYU’s historic run to the Elite Eight . sparked Frank Arnold.

Ainge has a reputation as a highly competitive athlete. He also stays on the golf course when he plays with his buddies, Including jazz owner Ryan Smith.

The moves, deals, and ratings Ainge made for the Celtics made Boston what it is today.

Now from afar, working with jazz, he is amused, satisfied and a fan of the Celtics.

“Yeah, they were a dominant defensive team and that was fun to watch. They were up and down offensively, they had their great games and stretch where they struggled, but their defense is their calling card. It was fun to watch these guys defeat some amazing teams. This Overall, huge teams with great players.”

Ainge doesn’t feel comfortable taking credit for Boston’s arrival in the Finals.

“First of all, that’s not my team. This is Brad’s team and Ime Udoka’s team, right? I had a small part in it, but they’re the ones running the ship this year to get the guys to go.”

Ainge told Stevens’ move to move Kimba Walker has opened the door to some important roles for the current Celtics.

“I think by relocating Kemba, it has allowed Marcus (Smart), Jaylen (Brown), Jason (Tatum) and Robert Williams to really thrive in positional size, with Horford taking a lot of frontline responsibility for Robert and moving Jaylen, Jason and Marcus into their positions where they have the advantages of size. It just fits better. I think that’s really obvious.”

When asked what stands out in the Boston race, Ainge turned philosophical, noting the trend these days in the rush, and the mindset you must have now in sports and life in general.

“I feel it is always difficult to be patient in the world we live in. Sometimes patience with individuals and patience collectively with groups. There is a lot of outside noise, so I am grateful for the patience we have shown.”

This quote gives insight into what Ainge likely advises jazz fans as he tries to help owner Smith focus on the future of the franchise.

I worked in Boston.


Danny Aing, left, Utah Jazz basketball CEO, talks with Jazz coach Quinn Snyder, right, before Game Six of the first round of the Extension Series Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

Rick Bomer, news agency