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Ainge Is Back to Celtic Roots

May 10, 2003|From Associated Press

Danny Ainge is returning to the Boston Celtics as the team's head of basketball operations.

"I've always liked a challenge, and this is a real challenge. If it was easy, anybody could do the job," Ainge told reporters during an afternoon news conference.

Red Auerbach, the team president, called Ainge a hard worker who in the moments before Friday's news conference was excitedly talking about what he wanted to do with the team.

Ainge, 44, has been an NBA television analyst this season for TNT. The former guard played for the Celtics from 1981 to '89 and was on championship teams in 1984 and 1986.

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