Danny Ainge Celtics Tenure Was A Failure

Danny Ainge

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Changes are being made in Boston after it was announced that Celtics’ president Danny Ainge was stepping down after 18 seasons. Ainge’s tenure with the Celtics was a major disappointment to say the least, as the franchise only raised one championship banner during his time in the front office. This substandard record has me wondering: What took so long to end the Danny Ainge disaster in Boston?

Danny Ainge was, until this week, the third-longest serving front office executive in the NBA. Why it is easy for me to classify his tenure as a disaster is based upon one thing; the lack of championships won by the Celtics under Ainge’s watch. For the Ainge-led Boston Celtics, winning just one NBA Championship since 1986 is an embarrassment, and is not only worthy of being fired this year, but should have happened several years ago.

Many of the older franchises in sports pride themselves on having stability in their front office. The poster franchise for this is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had only had three head coaches since 1969, something that in any era is mind boggling.

In a sport like basketball, that saw Boston reach the NBA Playoffs in 15 of the 18 seasons Danny Ainge was in charge, winning just one title is much closer to being a “disaster” than a “disappointment,” yet both words apply in their own way. Like Cashman who purchased his 2009 World Series ring, the Celtics won their 17th and most recent title in 2008 with the “Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett; but were never able to strike lightning in a bottle before or since. For both the Celtics and Yankees, that makes the one championship earned under Ainge and Cashman the accident, not the true sign of their ability to put together a winning roster.

There are many teams that need to join the 21st century, and the Boston Celtics are one of them. For their sake, they hopefully took their first step towards doing that when Danny Ainge walked out the door. Now it is up to their new director of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, to pick up the pieces of a broken franchise and light the way to the future; with his first step towards that goal being the hiring of his replacement at head coach.

For now, at least, we say goodbye and good riddance to Danny Ainge and his failed tenure with the Boston Celtics.

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