Before the NBA season starts, Danny Ainge joins WBUR Sports and Society reporter Shira Springer for a conversation covering his nearly 40 years in the league. The Celtics president of basketball operations will talk about the team and his experiences as a player, coach, broadcaster and executive. The conversation will include a Q & A with the audience.
The Celtics drafted Ainge in 1981 and he won two NBA titles (1984, 1986) as a shooting guard with the team. Then, as president of basketball operations, he ended the team’s championship drought with another title in 2008. He’s been named an NBA All-Star and NBA Executive of the Year. He’s played beside Larry Bird and against Michael Jordan. He’s been mentored by Red Auerbach. And that all happened as the league exploded in popularity and cultural influence.