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How Celtics manager Danny Ainge balances LDS faith, family, basketball

Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, smiles as he discusses  the trade of point guard Rajon Rondo prior to an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Ainge's commitment to his faith and family is featured in a Feb.
Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, smiles as he discusses the trade of point guard Rajon Rondo prior to an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Ainge's commitment to his faith and family is featured in a Feb. 18, 2015, NBA.com article.
Charles Krupa, Associated Press

NBA.com’s Ian Thomsen published an article Tuesday illustrating the “balancing act” Danny Ainge executed between his role as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and general manager of the Boston Celtics.

One of the highlights of Ainge’s front-office career came when he assembled the Boston Celtics team that eventually won the NBA championship in 2008.

But his deep-seated faith permeates all he does. Following his championship victories as a player, Ainge had different plans than many of his teammates.

“Ainge’s big plan for the night would be to go home to his wife and young family and celebrate over a glass of orange soda,” Thomsen’s article states.

When he suffered a heart attack in 2009, one of his sons noted that he should take a step back and stop serving as a bishop, but Ainge’s response to his son shows where his commitment lies.

“If I need to stop anything, it (is) not being bishop. It (is) everything else,” Ainge said.

Read the full story on NBA.com.