Aron Baynes. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman caught up with Celtics big man Aron Baynes recently when he visited the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for the team's year-end carnival to celebrate students' commitment to academics.
Kaufman asked him about the reports of Boston's internal friction and whether his group was united behind the scenes.
"At the end of the day, we're paid to play basketball, and it doesn't matter what we do outside of that," Baynes said. "We have to come in and do what we're asked, and I think there are some opportunities where we could've done more as a group. It's one of those things where everyone's entitled to their opinions. For me personally, I was focused on what we needed to do as a group every single night, and that's what I tried to live in, tried to maintain that and get everyone to do it constantly."
He said there's a lot of noise, but that happens no matter what team you're on.
"I was lucky that my first NBA experience was in San Antonio," he said. "You know, there's a lot of noise outside there, but the locker room is definitely quiet. Things are said and things are listened to, but not over-talked. I try to bring some of that to Boston, as well, but it's just unfulfilling right now when we look back and think about what we could've done. It burns inside of me, you know, I wanted to bring more to the table, especially in Boston with the legacy we have here. It's gonna be a big summer for sure."
Big summer ahead.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports