Danny Ainge suffers a heart attack
Now this was a scary moment for Celtics fans.
The president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, a former Celtics player himself, suffered a "mild heart attack" on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, as ESPN and other outlets are reporting.
Ainge received the medical attention he needed right away and is expected to be OK. Ainge also suffered a small heart attack in 2009.
Here is what Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told the press about the situation.
"Been in constant communication with his family," he said. "He's resting well and feels better. Obviously, always scary, but he's got a good support network. Obviously, expect a full recovery and he's feeling good. So that's all positive. Certainly scary."
Ainge spent 14 seasons in the NBA, primarily in the 1980s, and helped the Celtics to a pair of NBA titles. He was on some stacked teams, ones which featured Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale--the true "Big 3". Sure, there were some later imitations like Paul Pierce, Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, but this was the real McCoy.
Ainge also played for the Toronto Blue Jays for parts of three seasons, which is something people forget. He also coached the Phoenix Suns in the early 2000s before taking his job with the Celtics.
In the front office, he has been extraordinarily effective; he helped the team win a championship in 2008 after acquiring both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to supplement Paul Pierce's playing ability.
What happened to Ainge is definitely an unfortunate situation, and we wish him well. Luckily, it seems like he should be alright and will be able to watch the C's on Friday, so that is a good thing.
As for this series, it should be a good one. The Bucks have a lot of talent, that's for sure.