Danny Ainge confirms Delonte West worked for Celtics amid post-NBA struggles

Danny Ainge confirms Delonte West worked for Celtics amid post-NBA struggles

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics indeed tried to throw Delonte West a lifeline.

The Celtics' president of basketball operations confirmed a report that the team hired West to scout games on the East Coast as a means to help the struggling former Boston guard, whose NBA career ended in 2012.

"Delonte has worked for us for a couple of years at times doing some college scouting in the (Washington) D.C. and Philly area," Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich."

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Ainge also confirmed he's kept in touch with West "periodically" since West stopped playing.

"Delonte has obviously some troubles and some trials that he's trying to deal with in his life, and I just hope that he can fix his life and get back on a good path," Ainge said.

A video surfaced this week of a shirtless West sitting with his hands behind his back on a curb near Washington D.C., shouting something indecipherable toward the camera.

West said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008 and has "struggled to find consistent work" after leaving the NBA, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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Ainge claimed that West, the Celtics' first-round draft pick in 2004 who spent four seasons in Boston, was "excited" about his scouting opportunities with the C's.

But West reportedly delivered "mixed results" as a scout due to "fluctuating attendance" and doesn't currently work for the team.

"He's taken advantage of them," Ainge said. "I just think there's a lot going on in his life. It's very complicated, and I don't really want to get into any of that. He accepted the job opportunities."

Ainge added that the NBA Players Association and people close to West have also tried to assist him in any way possible.

"I know there's a lot of people that are praying and trying to do what they can to help," Ainge said.

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Danny Ainge reveals awesome nickname for Celtics rookie Grant Williams

Danny Ainge reveals awesome nickname for Celtics rookie Grant Williams

Boston Celtics rookie Grant Williams has quickly become a fan favorite with his hustle and positive spirit, but he's gone most of the year without a true nickname.

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown joked in December that his teammates were calling Williams "Ben Simmons" before he finally made a 3-point shot after an 0-for-25 start to the season, but the 2019 first-round pick still needed a nickname.

Well, it appears we've found one.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" show on Thursday morning, and when asked which player comes into his office the most, he revealed his nickname for Williams.

"This year? Oh for sure, Grant," Ainge said. "Kid's a crack-up. I call Grant the 'Geek Freak.'

"We talk about a lot of things in life, but he's a great kid. I really like Grant, but he really likes to talk. He can talk about anything. I think he had Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter offer to pay him $100 per game to not say anything in the locker room."

The nickname obviously is very similar to "Greek Freak", which belongs to Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, but we like this one for Williams. 

The C's rookie is a pretty smart kid. He played college basketball at the University of Tennessee for three years, and he was also recruited by Harvard and Yale. He majored in supply chain management, according to his profile on the Volunteers website.

Williams' basketball smarts have allowed him to see plenty of the court over the first half of his rookie season. He's not going to light up the stat sheet offensively at this stage of his career. but he defends multiple positions, rebounds well, gives great effort at both ends of the floor and typically makes good decisions with the ball in his hands.

Time will tell if "Geek Freak" sticks, but it's one of the best nicknames for Williams that we've seen so far.

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Marcus Smart, Danny Ainge chirp each other in hilarious Twitter debate over Jaylen Brown's epic dunk

Marcus Smart, Danny Ainge chirp each other in hilarious Twitter debate over Jaylen Brown's epic dunk

Jaylen Brown has gotten a lot of attention for his dunk over LeBron James. And rightfully so. The dunk was an epic one that sparked the Boston Celtics and their fans in their 32-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

But not all appeared to be impressed by the dunk. And that prompted a reaction from Marcus Smart.

On Tuesday night, Smart took to Twitter to shout out Brown's effort while also hilariously chirping Celtics GM Danny Ainge for his lack of reaction to the play.

Smart does have a point about Ainge being rather unimpressed with the play considering the massive impact it had on the crowd.

But as Ainge pointed out, he's "hard to impress" and had another favorite play from the game.

And once Smart heard that, he had one message for Ainge.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that will be possible.

Ainge tweeted that Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren confirmed it would be a "salary cap circumvention" to buy the players' lunch. But Smart wouldn't have it.

Zarren then came in as a part of Team Smart, revealing that Ainge may be going to a "local plant-based competitor" instead. Smart then chimed in referring to that knowledge as a "Game of Thrones level scandal".

And Ainge's response to those scandalous accusations? He denied them while Smart decided to tap out of the battle.

Much later when it looked like the Twitter battle had died down, Zarren chimed in once again. He accused Ainge of "dodging the truth" but elected not to "out his spot."

This is a pretty funny exchange all around and it's good to see that the Celtics are continuing to give off good vibes, even if it is just in a Twitter chirp-off about dunks and Chipotle.

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