Boston Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge suffered a mild heart attack in Milwaukee on Tuesday, the team announced in a news release.
“He received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery. He will return to Boston shortly,” the team said.
The Celtics were in Milwaukee for Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Game 2 was Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Game 3 is Friday in Boston with the series tied at 1-1.
Ainge, 60, also suffered a heart attack on April 16, 2009.
The longtime Celtics executive played six-plus seasons with the Celtics, winning NBA championships in 1984 and 1986.
Ainge is one of the NBA’s most tenured basketball operations executives. He joined the team as president of basketball operations in 2003 and turned the Celtics into a championship team. Boston won the title in 2008 and played in the Finals in 2010 after Ainge made a move to put Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen alongside Paul Pierce. Ainge was named NBA executive of the year in 2008.
Ainge also hired Doc Rivers, the coach of the 2008 championship team. After Rivers left for the Los Angeles Clippers, Ainge embarked on a rebuild. He traded Garnett and Pierce to Brooklyn for draft assets and hired Brad Stevens from Butler to coach the Celtics.
As the Celtics improved under Stevens, Ainge began building a roster to help the Celtics contend for a title once again. He signed Al Horford and Gordon Hayward, traded for Kyrie Irving and drafted Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.
Boston lost to Cleveland in seven games in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.
SOURCE: USA Today – Jeff Zillgitt