During Thursday’s NBA draft, almost everybody presumed that the Philadelphia 76ers would take Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers would take Lonzo Ball at No. 2.
The draft really started at the No. 3 pick, held by the Boston Celtics. After trading out of the No. 1 pick, experts thought that Boston was looking at Kansas forward Josh Jackson. The Celtics ended up taking Duke forward Jayson Tatum instead.
But maybe that wasn’t the plan.
The Celtics were originally scheduled to see Jackson workout in Sacramento last week, according to Deadspin. Jackson decided to cancel the workout, which happens occasionally in the NBA. The difference was that Jackson canceled his workout while Boston’s plane was in the air.
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Predictably, Boston Celtics GM and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he was furious.
“Flew across the country, are you kidding me? I had to get up at 4 o’clock and fly back home,” Ainge told NESN.
And when asked about what he did for his short stay in Sacramento, Ainge took shots at the city in the process.
“There’s nothing to do in Sacramento,” Ainge told NESN.
Even though Ainge’s comments may seem like a low blow, he did spend two years in Sacramento from 1988-1990 as a member of the Sacramento Kings.
In those two seasons, Ainge averaged 18.5 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 4.1 rebounds per game, according to Basketball Reference.