Danny Ainge reacts to backlash over LeBron James-Donald Trump comments


Danny Ainge inadvertently waded into choppy waters by saying two words.

During an appearance last Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich," the Boston Celtics' president of basketball operations wondered aloud if LeBron James was "taking the Donald Trump approach" and "trying to sell himself" by declaring himself the greatest player of all time.

Ainge's seemingly innocuous reference to the U.S. President quickly blew up, as media outlets grabbed the "Danny Ainge Compares LeBron James To Donald Trump" headline.

Ainge was back on "Toucher & Rich" on Thursday morning and offered his reaction to the whole hullabaloo.

"Actually, I first saw it on Twitter when it came out of like NBC Sports or Toucher & Rich," Ainge said. "I can't remember. I don't follow that many people on Twitter or that many things.

"And I saw this LeBron James headline just on Twitter and I went, 'Oh my God.' And I just had a little chuckle. But I didn't know it would blow up that big."

Ainge's comments drew a remarkable range of reactions, with some connecting an absurd number of dots to suggest the Celtics now won't be able to trade for Anthony Davis.

But while Ainge may not have expected to make national news, he's not losing sleep over his remarks.

"(I'm) not really ever surprised with how things are taken," Ainge said. "But it doesn't matter. It's entertainment. ... I won't worry about it."

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