Danny Ainge has to be breathing a sigh of relief at this news. Mike Zarren isn't just any assistant. Mike is a lifelong Celtics fan and season ticket holder. His title is Assistant General Manager and Team Counsel. He is now in his ninth year with the team after starting out as an unpaid intern.
Zarren is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis of basketball players and teams, and is an important part of the team’s strategic planning and player personnel evaluation processes. He is also the team’s salary cap expert and lead in-house counsel, and is responsible for the development of new technologies for team use, including the team’s statistical database and video archive/delivery system. Glad to hear that he will be sticking with the Celtics for now. As with the Celtics former numbers man, Daryl Morey who is now with the Rockets, it's probably only a matter of time until another team snaps him up for a GM spot.