After a roller-coaster seven days for the Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge would like to make one thing clear: The sky is not falling.
During his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" show, the Celtics' president of basketball operations addressed several "incidents" -- Jaylen Brown's spat with Marcus Morris during a loss to the Miami Heat; Kyrie Irving's disagreement with Gordon Hayward in Orlando and subsequent call-out of Boston's young players; Jaylen Brown's call-out of Irving's call-out -- that have led some wonder if the locker room is divided.
"To me, these aren't stories," Ainge said. "They're not a big deal. I mean, yes, Kyrie could have done better. Yes, Jaylen could have done better. But these are people. These are kids. These are guys playing with emotion in a glass house. They're real people with real emotions; they're not perfect and I don't ever expect them to be."
But could these overflowing emotions be the product of a "toxic" locker room?
"It only becomes toxic if guys are sensitive," Ainge responded.
" ... Everybody's so sensitive, or they think everybody's so sensitive. We live in a real sensitive society now, and all these things that we're talking about: 'Oh, you mean a veteran player called out the young guys? Oh wait, a young guy stood up for himself?'
"I mean, where is the drama? I don't understand it. Quit being sensitive. That's the story. That's my story."
Ainge played for the Celtics in the pre-social media era, though. So, while he doesn't think his players are sensitive enough to be affected by the ups and downs of an NBA season, he's aware they're at least more exposed to the news surrounding them.
"I don't think so, but sometimes when people are reading Twitter every day and have to answer all of these questions all the time, I don't think it helps," Ainge said. "It think it makes them more sensitive. Maybe I should be worried about these things that happen."
Ainge still insists these dust-ups don't affect the core chemistry of the team, however.
"Jaylen told me at the end of last year that Marcus Morris helped him through last year as much as anybody on our team," Ainge added. "They're friends, they're teammates.
"Kyrie was obviously frustrated. That's not the right way to do it. He knows that. ... It's just people being people, and that's what I love about the NBA."
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