Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is what we want every front office executive to be. Not only that, he’s what we want so many people to be. He’s a go-big or go-home type who likes to gamble and does his best to win. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a guy who runs my favorite professional basketball team.
You don’t have to love every move he makes, I certainly don’t. I’ll never forgive him for trading Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green and torpedoing the chemistry of a great Celtics team that locked like a title lock. I don’t even know that I love this move of trading the #1 overall pick to Philly for the #3 and a future first rounder. It could totally blow up in our face, but you know what? It’s entertaining as hell and keeps me on the edge of my seat. I’d rather have that then a boring GM who doesn’t move the needle.
Ainge is betting against the one player in the draft that everyone seems to be in agreement on. The rest of the NBA loves Markelle Fultz, but Danny is saying “nope, sorry guys but I’m right and you ALL are wrong.” Maybe you hate this, and think he’s crazy. That’s fine, but aren’t you excited to see if he’s right or if he’s wrong? Don’t you kind of love the chaos?
I know I do, and maybe that’s a bad thing. Maybe it’s bad that I identify with Ainge in that I want to push all my chips to the middle of the table. Maybe that gets you in trouble and maybe Ainge will have this become a huge black mark on his record. BUT, maybe he’s crazy like a fox and this becomes his greatest triumph. Greater than swindling the Brooklyn Nets or getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Either way, you have to respect his confidence. The guy has balls. Ainge is your crazy buddy who is fun to be around because he wants to push his luck and ride the wave. He wants to do it all for a win and frankly, I’m on board with no hesitation. He’s got something up his sleeve…