This summer marks 10 years since Danny Ainge was hired as the Boston Celtics' Director of Basketball Operations. That is 10 years worth of moves that led to eight playoff berths and a 2008 NBA championship.
It hasn't always been rosy, but Ainge has never been one to shy away from making a polarizing move. He'll probably never be the most popular general manager in New England sports, but those moves have kept him in that chair for a decade now. In NBA years, that is as impressive as that Larry O'Brien trophy he manufactured five years ago.
To make a polarizing decision is to essentially create dissent. When the basis of one's career is that term, a 10-year run is pretty miraculous.
Boston fans love to debate sports. They support two full-time television stations and two radio stations that cover little else outside the five major professional teams in the area. Ainge has given all those media outlets plenty of leash with which to field debate from fans.
Ainge has been a polarizing man since returning to Boston, out of his Celtics uniform but with just as much affect on what it means to wear one.