So last week I was at the 2010 EA Sports Maui Invitational covering it as a mercenary for another site. While covering the final of the tournament between UConn and Kentucky, I was sitting in press row when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sat down next to me to my right during warm ups. Then, ESPN’s Chad Ford sat down on his right.
So there I was sitting two rows from the court at college basketball’s premiere preseason tournament right next to the general manager of the Boston Celtics and ESPN’s lead basketball scout. Yeah, I was feeling pretty good about myself.
As warm ups rolled to a close I looked over and Ainge was checking is cell phone incessantly. To a distracting degree. Then, right after tip-off, Ainge makes a call on his phone. After that, at regular intervals throughout the first half I snuck pictures of Ainge because I found his obsession with his HTC Verizon phone distracting. The guy seriously couldn’t put the damn thing down. Then, at one point, he opened his laptop and tried to fire up his Slingbox. I wish I was kidding.
We should all assume that Ainge was in Maui to scout the players in the tournament. How can he possibly have been scouting anyone if his eyes didn’t leave his phone? While Kemba Walker and Terrence Jones were tearing it up on the floor in front of him, Ainge stared at his cell.
Here are the pictures to prove it and at what point in the first half they were taken.
Shortly after tip-off (notice the gigantic yawn from Chad Ford)
13:38 left in the first half
Now I understand Ainge is a very important person and has lots of important things to do on his phone, but these pictures are but a small sampling of what he he did all night.
And it’s not like he had an iPhone and was doing something cool on it. If he was just an Angry Birds addict, that would be one thing, I mean who isn’t addicted to that game?