Ainge stopped with his NBA D-League team in Orem on Monday night for a showdown with the Utah Flash. It was his fourth game in five days during a swing through the West.
Coaching the inaugural season of the NBA D-League Maine Red Claws is right down his alley. Ainge's got it in his blood. While most kids grew up playing playground ball with neighbors, Austin Ainge hung around NBA players as his family made the rounds with his famous father/player/coach.
It became a habit.
"This is a great opportunity for me to get into coaching," said Ainge. "I love it. It's tough and it is a challenge to go up against some great players and coaches."
The former Cougar hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, not as a pro player, of course, but as coach and executive in the game he loves. Some folks say Austin, 28, got his job because of his father and they'd be right.
But that doesn't mean he isn't capable or deserving of the work.