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How much does Danny Ainge have left in the tank?


Danny Ainge has been the Celtics boss since 2003, and 18 years - and two heart attacks later - one has to ask, how much does he have left to continue in that role. We are not talking about a placid individual here. What most Boston fans don't know is that Ainge was tagged with having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) via a personality test, along with his coach-at-the-time, Doc Rivers.

Danny has more Championships as a player (two) than he has earned as an NBA Executive (one). His Title drought has expanded to 13 seasons without a ring. Over the past several seasons, he has faced the Kyrie Irving saga - defections by Al Horford and Gordon Hayward - and now the COVID-19 invasion. 

None of this favors a guy with ADHD and a history of heart attacks. His team sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 12-10 record, and the projections had the Celtics better than that. Beyond that, Boston fans are restless. With one of the top duos in the League in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Boston Faithful expects more.

None of this has to sit well with a former player known for his competitiveness, combativeness - and yes, hyper, on-court activities - including wrestling with the likes of Michael Jordan and Tree Rollins. Red Auerbach was connected to the Boston Celtics for more than half-a-century (1950-2006) until his death in 2006. Danny obviously won't have such longevity with The Green, but he would like to have at least one more Title to his credit. That needs to happen in the next three years, or we may find Danny Ainge moving on to his next endeavor.

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