And here I sit with his Syracuse Chiefs Rookie Baseball card in hand - ahh the
Johnofslc......The only reason Ainge didnt suceed in both sports, was time
available! Basketball plays 82+ games year and baseball plays 180+ games year,
leaving no time for BOTH. He CHOSE to persue just basketball, he was not run
off, from the MLB!
As a Celtics fan, I most remember Ainge for getting into fights he had no chance
of winning. I'm not sure if Tree Rollins has ever given back his finger.
Ainge usually came out on the wrong end of the fight, but he kept coming back
for more. His mocking of a young of Dennis Rodman was pretty good too.
Larry Bird once said Ainge is the best "athlete" he ever played with.
Combined with his competitive fire, and get it done attitude, he has put
together a great legacy and had much success. I'm not a Lebron
fan, but I wouldn't say he is really cocky. I can think of many lesser
players in the nba who I would consider to be cocky. I don't like seeing
Lebron win championships, so I root against him. The Warriors are way talented,
but to soft, to consistently beat the Cavs. The Celtics still need another
layer of toughness to be at that level, but Ainge is the one who can probably
put that together.
No doubt he has the talent, background, and drive to be an incredible college
coach, at BYU or anywhere. I couldn't imagine him wanting to take the time
required away from family,etc, for the recruiting aspect and all else that comes
with being a college head coach (again, speaking time-wise). I doubt money
would ever be a concern for him, but the time aspect, and the disrespect
directed toward even wildly successful head coaches, is something that would
weigh heavily against him making such a move.
He was the best College Player in the Country his Senior year.And he is
now the best CEO in the NBA...hands down.Amazing man....Amazing Legacy.
I was in Club Cal-Neva in Reno, NV when they were showing the BYU-Notre Dame
basketball game in their sports lounge. I watched him go end to end past all
five Notre Dame players to lay in the winning basket. I think the whole casino
must have heard me shout. I know that the entire sports lounge heard me and
they all stared at me. We then went on to lose our next game in the tournament.
As for Danny becoming a BYU head coach, I believe he could, I don't expect
it, simply because he has become well established and financially comfortable.
He could come back to BYU simply because he loves it and wants to have the Utah
lifestyle in his retirement years. Would he have the desire to make the program
great? I think he would have desire in anything he endeavors.
"Ainge is arrogant and cocky""He's a bit on the arrogant
side....sure"He thought he could be a 2-sport pro, until he had
such trouble with the curve that Blue Jay fans started tossing basketballs onto
the field at every Ainge at-bat.
Ainge has the full confidence of the Boston Celtics, and their confidence in him
has paid off. Utah is in that same mold. The Jazz show confidence in their
coaches, and they, in turn, show confidence in their players. It is too bad
that some of the players don't deserve it. A player has to have the drive
to win within themselves, and not find every excuse to justify poor
performances. LeBron is a cocky as they come, but he can afford to be, because
he simply will not let anyone beat him.
No way we ever see Danny Ainge as HC at BYU, but I would love to see his son
Austin considered one day to take the program over when Rose retires.
Rock, I never said anything about money. A great job is better
than one that isn't every time.
@Sports Nutz - Smithfield, UTWhy would Ainge step back on coach at
BYU?Not everybody is focused on money. Ainge has had a long a successful
career. Perhaps he would like to give back? I happens a lot.
The Rock, Why would Ainge leave his position with Boston to take a
big step backward and coach byu? Doesn't make any sense. He's set
where he's at now.
I believe you position yourself to be "lucky"! Ainge is a fierce
competitor that is a gifted athlete and smart "like a fox". Never
cheered so loud as a BYU freshman watching him go end to end on Notre Dame!
Congrats Mr. Ainge on your "lucky" success.
Way back when, I used to think that Ainge should have stayed in Eugene and
became a Duck rather than a Cougar. Oregonians had a hard time with his
decision. At the time, he was voted the best athlete to ever come out of
Oregon.....only to snub his hometown and go to Provo. But....even with that
decision, his legacy is intact. His drive against Notre Dame is
legendary....and who can argue about his pro career and his general managerial
skills, let alone his church service? He's a bit on the arrogant
side....sure....but rightfully so. From this Ute fan, I like Danny Ainge.
He would make a great cougar coach.He could attract talent that Dave Rose
cannot attract: The Jabari Parker's and Frank Jackson's who are
looking for a coach with a track record of preparing players for the NBA.I like Rose, but Ainge would be amazing.
Ainge is arrogant and cocky, but he is smart and a proven winner. Maybe all
those attributes go together. In any event, I have to hand it to him in
re-building the Celtics.