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2 NBA players with local ties call Celtics locker room ‘worst’ in league

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“I would say, ‘It’s really a [expletive] high school locker room.'”

Duncan Robinson and Pat Connaughton both shared their disapproval in the Celtics locker room. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Dating back to the days of the Boston Garden, visiting NBA players didn’t like the locker room when they faced the Celtics. Now, in the TD Garden, that remains the case.

Bucks guard Pat Connaughton and Heat guard Duncan Robinson discussed all the locker room issues they have with the Celtics on the latter’s podcast, “The Long Shot.”

“The Boston Celtics locker room is the worst visiting team locker room in the entire NBA,” Connaughton said.

“It’s also freezing, this arena,” added Robinson. “It’s so cold.”

Funny enough, Connaughton and Robinson grew up in the area. Connaughton is from Arlington, Massachusetts and went to St. John’s Prep, where he led the high school to play state tournament games at TD Garden. Robinson grew up in Maine and went to high school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before starting his college career at Williams.

Citing their local ties, the two believe it’s intentional that the Celtics have the “worst dressing room in the visiting team”.

“With Boston and us being two guys from the New England area and [the Celtics] being our favorite team growing up, it has to be done on purpose,” Connaughton said.

“We know it’s on purpose,” added Robinson.

Connaughton began to elaborate on what in particular made him think it was the worst locker room in the league.

“I’m talking about like, the rug that’s matted to the point where it’s worn down in areas,” Connaughton said. “The lockers are tighter than my shoulders, there’s only room for 15 guys, maybe 16.”

Robinson stepped in to make an even bigger statement.

“If you walked in and said, ‘This is a high school locker room,’ I’d say, ‘This really is a [expletive] high school locker room,” Robinson said.

“It’s like old school showers that have ruts all over the tile,” Connaughton continued. “And there are these old-fashioned ice baths that are not usable, like these oval boxes stacked on top of each other. … (They) have been around since … long before we were in the league. (They) prevent you from being able to use other showers, so there are only two available.

They also took issue with the Celtics’ signature parquet floor.

“The floor, there are little gaps between it,” Robinson said. “The fact that they haven’t shut it down somehow seems like a liability.”

“They put the pitch together, so it’s like a bunch of squares, they’re pushing it together, so there’s still space between them,” Connaughton added. “They have bolts that are like silicone or dried glue on them, it’s weird.”

Robinson added that “there are a lot of dead spots” on the floor and both agreed they could “feel” the cracks.

“I’m not going to let it impact [our performance] directly, but that certainly doesn’t help,” Connaughton said.

As mentioned earlier, players complaining about the visitors locker room at the Celtics site date back to the days of the Boston Garden. The Lakers believed the Celtics tampered with their locker room in all three NBA Finals series in the 1980s by turning up the heat while turning off the hot water in the showers and closing the windows. Red Auerback denied it was intentional.

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