Danny Ainge 'back at it' and 'doing great' after heart attack

Danny Ainge 'back at it' and 'doing great' after heart attack

Danny Ainge is healthy and ready to take on what should be an active offseason for the Celtics.

Ainge suffered a mild heart attack on April 30. Though the C's president of basketball operations hasn't yet spoken publicly on the matter, his son and director of player personnel Austin Ainge shared an encouraging update on his father.

“He’s back at it,” Ainge told Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. “He’s doing great. He’s been texting me 100 times a day. He loves his job, and he wants to continue doing it.”

Danny Ainge, who turned 60 in March, also suffered a heart attack in 2009. That made this recent incident even more of a cause for concern, but Austin believes this time doctors solved the issue.

“It was scary in the moment, for sure,” Austin Ainge said. “But the doctors found the problem and fixed it, and he feels great moving forward. It’s one of those things that’s very scary in the moment, but he’s healthier now than he was a month ago, so that’s all positive.”

Fantastic news all around.

As Ainge puts the setback behind him, he and the Celtics have some work to do with both the NBA Draft and free agency approaching. Boston's focus will be on its three first-round draft picks, Kyrie Irving's future, and the pursuit of Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s first homer surpasses Danny Ainge in Blue Jays' record book

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s first homer surpasses Danny Ainge in Blue Jays' record book

Last week, Danny Ainge - recovering from a mild heart attack - saw his Celtics knocked out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks.

On Tuesday night, Ainge was knocked back to second place in the Toronto Blue Jays record book by the first home run from highly-touted prospect Vladmir Guerrero Jr., which came in the first inning in San Francisco off Giants right-hander Nick Vincent.

We're thinking last week was tougher to take for Ainge. 

At 20 years, 59 days old, Guerrero, son of the Expos and Angels Hall of Famer, dropped Ainge, who before joining the Celtics was one of baseball's tallest second basemen ever (6-5) with the Jays, to second place for the youngest Toronto player ever to go deep. Guerrero added another home run in the sixth - this one a 451-foot blast off right-hander Reyes Moronta - and finished the night with three hits and four RBI in a 7-3 Toronto victory. 

The future Celtics guard and president of basketball operations would go one to hit only one more homer in the bigs and finished with his major league career (1979-81) with a .220 batting before wisely choosing basketball. 

 

Gotta figure Vladdy Jr. isn't stopping at two career homers. Sorry, Danny. 

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Brad Stevens shares positive update on Danny Ainge after heart attack

Brad Stevens shares positive update on Danny Ainge after heart attack

The Boston Celtics have a big playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, but there were far more important matters to discuss at shootaround.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens offered another update Friday on president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who suffered a mild heart attack Tuesday in Milwaukee.

And while Stevens hasn't spoken to Ainge directly, he had good news to pass along from his boss' son, Austin Ainge.

"I have not talked to him. He’s back in Boston," Stevens said. "Austin was here this morning. I didn’t want to bother Danny; the last thing he needs is me to reach out to him right now, I think.

"But Austin says he’s doing well. He slept in his own bed last night and was home and in good spirits this morning, so all signs are encouraging."

The Celtics announced the news of Ainge's heart attack Thursday, prompting an outpouring of support and well wishes from around the league.

Ainge, who turned 60 in March, also had a mild heart attack in 2009 but made a full recovery, and the C's are hoping he can do the same a decade later.

Boston takes on the Bucks in Game 3 on Friday night with their second-round series tied at 1-1.

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