President of Basketball Operations, Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge has been the Celtics President of Basketball Operations since 2003. During his 14-year playing career, Mr. Ainge won two World Championships with Boston (1984, 1986) and appeared in six NBA Finals. Following his playing career, in 1995, Mr. Ainge joined TNT as a color analyst before returning to the court with the Phoenix Suns as an Assistant Coach. Just eight games into the season he was promoted to Head Coach. In his three-plus seasons as the Suns coach, he guided Phoenix to three playoff berths. Prior to his pro career, Mr. Ainge enjoyed a storybook collegiate career at Brigham Young University from 1977-1981. He won the 1981 John Wooden and Eastman Awards as the nation’s best college basketball player, becoming the first player in BYU history to have his number retired (#22). He played three seasons of Major League Baseball while still attending BYU. For his shrewd off-season acquisitions that led the Celtics to their NBA record 17th Championship, Ainge was named as The Sporting News 2008 NBA Executive of the Year.