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Austin Ainge named Red Claws head coach

07.21.09 at 4:26 pm ET
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Austin Ainge, son of Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge, has been named head coach of the Portland Red Claws. He is the first head coach in the history of this NBA Development League team.

“I have always been intrigued by new ideas and innovation,” Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings said in a team statement. “Austin Ainge brings that to our team. He blew me away with his ability to analyze players and game strategy. When I was a young coach with the Celtics, video was the new revolution. Today, it’s statistical analysis. Austin brings that to a whole new level. Combine that with his ability to develop players and his background, and he is going to be a fantastic head coach.”

Ainge, 27, most recently  served as a scout for the Celtics. His responsibilities included working with J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker while they were assigned to the D-League’s Utah Flash. Ainge served as an assistant coach at Southern Utah University after finishing his basketball career at Brigham Young University.

“I have had the unique opportunity to be on many sides of this business,” Ainge said in the statement.  “A main focus for me, as I have drawn from each situation, is talent evaluation.  That includes both as the team is being assembled and during the season. As a coach, you must focus on which plays to call and what defensive adjustments to make, but even more important is which players are your best players and which lineups are playing the best together.  Evaluating your own players and lineups is paramount, and using statistical analysis is a big help in making more accurate evaluations.”

The Red Claws are the NBDL affiliate for the Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats.

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