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Wednesday morning, reports initially indicated Danny Ainge would ‘step down’ from his role as the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. When the Celtics made the news official later in the day, they clarified that Ainge was in fact retiring.

Addressing the media Wednesday afternoon, Ainge, who turned 62 in March, told reporters his health played a role in his decision, which has been a few years in the making.

“When I had health issues two years ago in the playoffs, I started thinking about – You’re surrounded by your six children in the hospital and they’re saying, ‘hey, you need to quit doing this for work. It’s causing you too much stress.’ And that’s probably when I started thinking about it,” he explained.

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