Celtics’ Marcus Smart trolls Danny Ainge for reaction on Jaylen Brown’s dunk; GM responds
Boston Celtics general manager and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is one hard man to please.
Unimpressed by Jaylen Brown’s two-handed poster dunk over Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James on Monday, the 60-year-old executive had a blank reaction on his face while the whole arena erupted in cheers.
Peeved by Ainge’s nonchalant attitude toward the magnificent highlight, Celtics guard Marcus Smart poked fun at his boss on Tuesday.
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) January 22, 2020
Ainge, however, did not let the trolling slip away and offered a rather valid response to Smart’s tweet.
I think I liked the @smart_MS3 pass to @EnesKanter a little more. I’m hard to impress. Seen a million dunks in the last 40 years. Just two points minus the one for the Tech is just a net one point dunk☘️ https://t.co/u7l9LLkkcZ
— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) January 22, 2020
It’s quite understandable for Smart to be pumped about Brown’s dunk since it capped off an amazing night for the Celtics where they blitzed the best team in the Western Conference with a massive 32-point beatdown. The poster dunk sent the entire TD Garden in a frenzy and has since been shared all over the world across multiple platforms.
Dunking over one of the best players of this generation is certainly a big deal — that is unless you play for Ainge.
Ainge, of course, comes from the no non-sense ’80s era of basketball when he won two titles in 1884 and 1986 as a reserve for the Celtics. The Beantown dynasty was pretty much built upon the importance of fundamental basketball and doing whatever it takes to win,
In Danny Ainge’s defense, Jaylen Brown’s dunk did only count as one point for the Cs. After all, he was called for a technical foul for taunting James and giving the Lakers a bonus free-throw.
Marcus Smart, meanwhile, can afford to tease his boss a little bit since he’s been playing great in his sixth season in Boston. The 25-year-old combo guard is fresh off a season-high 36-point output against the Phoenix Suns last Monday. Smart has been putting up 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals, while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three in 33 games.