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ATL98012601-26 JANUARY 1998-ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA: Phoenix Suns Steve Nash (13) gets by Atlanta Hawks Mookie Blaylock to get off a shot as Suns coach Danny Ainge (L) watches during the first half January 26 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. jm/Jim Middleton UPI
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Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) is an American retired professional basketball and baseball player who is currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He played 14 seasons in the NBA for the Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Phoenix Suns, and in Major League Baseball for parts of three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before he switched sports.

Talented in multiple sports, Ainge starred in high school on his football team and led North Eugene High School to back-to-back state basketball championships in 1976–77, earning all-state honors both years; he was considered one of the top prep football recruits in the state of Oregon. As a junior he was named to the 1977 Parade Magazine High School All-America team. Danny Ainge is the only person to be a high school first team All-American in football, basketball, and baseball.

Ainge played basketball at Brigham Young University and became a household name after hitting one of the greatest shots in NCAA March Madness history against Notre Dame in 1981. His coast-to-coast drive with only seven seconds remaining gave the Cougars a one point win. Ainge concluded his senior year by winning the Eastman Award as well as the John R. Wooden Award - given to the best collegiate player in the nation. During his four-year career at BYU, Ainge was an All-American, a two-time First Team Academic All-American, the WAC Player of the Year and a four-time All-WAC selection.

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