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Celtics 60-year-old GM Ainge suffers mild heart attack

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge suffered a mild heart attack on Tuesday while the team was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to WCVB, Ainge suffered a mild heart attack before the Celtics were playing the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2.

This is the second time that the 60-year-old has suffered a mild heart attack. This also happened in 2009.

Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham and General Manager Danny Ainge present a commemorative plaque to Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade prior to a game
Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham and General Manager Danny Ainge present a commemorative plaque to Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade prior to a game (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

“He received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery,” the Celtics said in a tweet. 

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According to WCVB reporter Bob Halloran, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was made aware of the situation involving Ainge. Boston lost to the Bucks on Tuesday night, as Milwaukee tied the series at 1-1. 

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The teams will return to the court on Friday for Game 3 at TD Garden. 

Ainge — who turned 60 in March — is expected to be back in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday night, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. 

He has been the Celtics’ GM since May 2003. The former NBA player played for the Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Phoenix Suns in his career. He won two NBA Championships during his career in Boston. 

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In 2008, he was named the NBA Executive of the Year after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 to win the NBA Championship. In 2007, he orchestrated deals to acquire Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to partner with Paul Pierce. 

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