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Celtics’ Marcus Smart reflects on relationship with Danny Ainge after GM’s health scare

Celtics, Marcus Smart, Danny Ainge

On Tuesday night, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge suffered a mild heart attack. Ainge is doing much better and is expected to make a full recovery, but it was still a huge scare for the Celtics organization.

With all focus on Boston’s postseason run, this incident served as a reminder that life is bigger than just basketball. Many Celtics players were left reflecting on their personal relationships with Ainge, including young guard Marcus Smart.

“Danny is just one of those guys who takes time out of his life, his day, when he’s doing his schedule to make sure you’re all right,” Smart said, via Jay King of The Athletic. “He constantly checks in on us, my family, and things like that. Just personally for me, he’s been another mentor for me. From when I first got here Danny was the person I see every day and am talking to, so he means a lot to my life as well. I just hope he has a speedy recovery.”

From Smart’s comments, it is clear that Ainge is more than just a team executive. He has been with Boston since 2003 and is seen as a significant part of the Celtics family. His dedication to the team is clear and he will likely still watch Friday night’s Game 3, even from the hospital.

Marcus Smart, 25, is in his fifth season with Boston. In the regular season he averaged 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists. However, he is currently sidelined with an oblique injury and will likely miss the remainder of the second round.

The series against the Milwaukee Bucks is tied at one game apiece. The teams will face off in a pivotal Game 3 on Friday, May 3.