Danny Ainge back in Boston after suffering mild heart attack
Danny Ainge is back home resting and recovering in Boston after suffering a mild heart attack in Milwaukee prior to the Celtics’ Game 2 showdown with the Bucks on Tuesday.
A statement issued by the Celtics Thursday indicated the Celtics general manger and president of basketball operations “received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery” in the wake of the minor cardiac event.
Ainge’s son Austin relayed to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens that his father was able to sleep in his own bed on Thursday night.
Danny Ainge is back in Boston, slept in his own bed last night, according to Brad Stevens, who got an update from Austin Ainge this morning.— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) May 3, 2019
Austin Ainge previously shared the family’s gratitude for all the support in an emotional tweet.
In the wee hours at the hospital, after learning my dad was ok, I was brought to tears thinking of how many people went above and beyond to help my dad &family. The medical staff and Celtics family did so much to help and make sure he was ok. We are so very grateful. Thank you!— Austin Ainge (@coachainge) May 2, 2019
Stevens, meanwhile, was made aware of Ainge’s heart attack ahead of the Celtics’ 123-102 loss on the road in Game 2. The decision was made not to inform Celtics players, however, ahead of tipoff.
“He’s a friend and, you know, the family has been so good to us, so you don’t think about anything else,” Stevens said, via WCVB-5. “You just want them to be comfortable and feeling great, feeling better, a good prognosis – all that is the case. And, obviously, you immediately go to his family, his kids, his wife – and they all seem to be doing well too.”
With Ainge, 60, seemingly on the mend and on the road to recovery, the Celtics can turn their attention to staking themselves a 2-1 lead with a victory in Game 3 on Friday night at TD Garden.