Was Danny Ainge Throwing Shade at Kyrie Irving with “good people” comment?

Danny Ainge took an apparent shot at the soon to be departed Kyrie Irving when he said "good people make coming to work more fun."


The toxic environment surrounding the Celtics this past season appears to be a thing of the past now that Kyrie Irving is all but gone. On Monday Celtics President Danny Ainge appeared to throw some shade Irving’s way when talking about the character makeup of some of the Celtics incoming draft class.

“I think it just makes life more enjoyable when everybody is humble, hardworking, and will play any role they have to help the team succeed,” Ainge told reporters. “You do have to have a certain amount of talent to win in our league, as we all know, but good people makes coming to work more fun.”

The comments came following an absolute love in of a press conference with the four Celtics draft picks Romeo Langford out of Indiana, Grant Williams from Tennessee, Carsen Edwards of Purdue and Tremont Waters out of LSU.

While he didn’t name Irving by name, not hard to connect the dots here.

Irving famously declared he was planning on signing with the Celtics long prior to the season only to have a change of heart during the season when he said that he “didn’t owe anybody shit.”

Ainge did say on draft night that despite reports Irving was not “ghosting” the Celtics. However reports have surfaced in recent days that Ainge and Irving got into a “tiff” over Kyrie’s leadership skills. Last week Jackie MacMullan reported that Irving “had issues with pretty much all of” the organization during the course of the season and that he didn’t like living in Boston.