Boston Celtics

May 7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA: Boston Celtics co owner Wyc Grousbeck in Game 4 of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Wyc Grousbeck and the Boston Celtics shocked the basketball world earlier this month by promoting head coach Brad Stevens to president of basketball operations. Stevens – who came from the college ranks and had no previous front office experience – replaced long-time POBO Danny Ainge, who retired after 19 years in the role.

On Tuesday, Grousbeck joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz, where he offered some behind the scenes details on how the unorthodox organizational restructuring came to be. According to Grousbeck, who is the Celtics’ majority owner and governor, the process began in March, when Ainge informed the team he’d be leaving his job.

There have been some questions regarding the context in which Ainge left – relating to whether or not he was forced out, or if he truly wanted to retire. Asked if Ainge ‘quit’ his position with the Celtics, Grousbeck replied, “I wouldn’t say quit. I would say gracefully retired after 19 years.”

As for the potential firing rumors? “The truth is, he wasn’t asked to leave. And I wish he didn’t, but he did. And and nobody wanted him to leave and he was not asked to leave,” Grousbeck explained.

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