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Aron Baynes: It's 'unfulfilling' looking back at what C's could have done

Aron Baynes: It's 'unfulfilling' looking back at what C's could have done

The Boston Celtics wrapped up a disappointing campaign with a 4-1 series loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs. The team was considered to be a potential NBA title contender, but they never jelled as a unit.

Adam Kaufman of WBZ News Radio recently asked center Aron Baynes about the reports of internal friction in the Celtics' locker room this past season. In response, His response: 

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.

Baynes definitely did serve as somewhat of a unifying force for the Celtics, and when he was on the floor, the team was significantly better, especially on the defensive side of the ball. While he was able to achieve some of his goals, the team as a whole faltered as they never really developed strong chemistry en route to an early playoff exit.

And that exit left a bitter taste in Baynes' mouth, per Kaufman.

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.

The "big summer" that Baynes is referencing will largely revolve around whether or not Kyrie Irving's will remain with the team. There are a lot of options for the Celtics, even some out-there scenarios where the team retains Irving while also getting Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, so it will be interesting to see what ends up happening.

Either way, it seems that Baynes wants to be a part of the Boston legacy in a run for Banner 18. He has a player option on his contract, so he has an avenue available to rejoin to the team for the 2019-20 season.

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The Enes Kanter Show: Awesome story about Kevin Garnett's Celtics arrival

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The Enes Kanter Show: Awesome story about Kevin Garnett's Celtics arrival

Everyone has a great Kevin Garnett story. And Enes Kanter's pretty much sums up how intensely committed KG was to winning.

The Boston Celtics forward recently ran into Garnett in Boston at the regional premiere of "Uncut Gems," a new movie Garnett stars in with Adam Sandler.

According to Kanter, Celtics lead owner Wyc Grousbeck also was at the premiere and told Kanter of the first time Garnett walked into TD Garden after being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Celtics in the summer of 2007.

Here's Kanter with NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg on the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show:"

(Grousbeck) told me a story. He said, "When KG came to the Celtics, he stopped and looked at every (championship) banner for 30 minutes. For 30 minutes. And he studied (them). ... Before he came (to Boston), we had 16 banners. So, that's 30 minutes for every banner. And it's like, 'How do you spend that much (time)?' 

As Forsberg pointed out, that's essentially eight hours of Garnett staring at the TD Garden rafters and soaking in the franchise's rich history.

That may have been some hyperbole on Grousbeck's part, but if anyone would be that maniacally focused on success, it's the uber-competitive Garnett.

"Anybody else, I would be like, 'That's an exaggerated tale,' " Forsberg said, "but I can actually believe that with KG."

Garnett's commitment to winning paid off instantly, as the Celtics raised banner No. 17 to the rafters in his first season with the team in 2007-08.

Kanter and Forsberg also discussed what makes Garnett such a great trash talker, how his current minutes situation differs from his time with the New York Knicks, what the Celtics' chemistry is like on this team and much more.

Hear more from Kanter and Forsberg on Episode 5 of "The Enes Kanter Show," which drops every Wednesday on YouTube and the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

 

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Celtics Talk Podcast: How will ex-Celtics' big man Al Horford be received in return to Boston with 76ers?

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Celtics Talk Podcast: How will ex-Celtics' big man Al Horford be received in return to Boston with 76ers?

Al Horford makes his return to TD Garden Thursday night in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. How will the former Celtics big man be received now that's he joined one of Boston's key rivals in the East?

That's just one of the many storylines ahead of Philly's first game in Boston and the first meeting for the teams since the Sixers easily defeated the Celtics back on opening night in late October. 

Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg talk about it in the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast. 

"It should be all love," said Draper, "but let's keep it real: The way Horford went about it, some people aren't happy about it. It sounds like him and the Sixers had some kind agreement before you're allowed to actually talk. I get the sense that they [the Celtics] were caught off guard a little bit."

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Earlier in the podcast, Forsberg is joined by Sixers reporter Serena Winters from NBC Sports Philly to talk about all things 76ers, including Ben Simmons, Horford's veteran influence on the team and where Boston and Philadelphia are now as compared to the opener. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Pacers, which tips off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.