Danny Ainge inadvertently waded into choppy waters by saying two words.
During an appearance last Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," the Boston Celtics' president of basketball operations wondered aloud if LeBron James was "taking the Donald Trump approach" and "trying to sell himself" by declaring himself the greatest player of all time.
Ainge's seemingly innocuous reference to the U.S. President quickly blew up, as media outlets grabbed the "Danny Ainge Compares LeBron James To Donald Trump" headline.
Ainge was back on "Toucher & Rich" on Thursday morning and offered his reaction to the whole hullabaloo.
"Actually, I first saw it on Twitter when it came out of like NBC Sports or Toucher & Rich," Ainge said. "I can't remember. I don't follow that many people on Twitter or that many things.
"And I saw this LeBron James headline just on Twitter and I went, 'Oh my God.' And I just had a little chuckle. But I didn't know it would blow up that big."
Ainge's comments drew a remarkable range of reactions, with some connecting an absurd number of dots to suggest the Celtics now won't be able to trade for Anthony Davis.
Danny Ainge: unlike Trump (5 deferments, 6 bankruptcies, a couple of divorces), @KingJames is a real champion (NBA titles with 2 teams, programs that help people build businesses, a SCHOOL, ONE wife w/children that he actually parents!)...you look crazy with that comparison.— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) January 3, 2019
Danny Ainge publicly shot down a black man for thinking highly of himself so who's reallyyyyy pulling a Trump here? I'll hang up and listen.— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) January 3, 2019
The Celtics have officially been ruled out of the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.— ³𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙧𝙚 🐺 (@33643pts) January 3, 2019
There is absolutely no chance in hell that Anthony Davis, a Rich Paul client, will end up playing for Danny Ainge after he said that about LeBron.
You reap what you sow @celtics
But while Ainge may not have expected to make national news, he's not losing sleep over his remarks.
"(I'm) not really ever surprised with how things are taken," Ainge said. "But it doesn't matter. It's entertainment. ... I won't worry about it."
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