Watching Australia in the Olympics I came away very impressed with their team. I loved their backcourt of Delly and Patty Mills but the guy who stood out to me was Aron Baynes. Loved the way he rebounded, defended and set screens. Here’s Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy on Baynes’ play at the Olympics:

“He played very well, very steady basketball. The guy is just a good basketball player. Aron gets it. He plays good, hard team basketball. Aron’s the kind of guy who is never going to complain or make an excuse. You give him a job to do and he’s going to do it as well as he possibly can. I thought he competed well.”


Following the Pistons loss to the Celtics:

“They pushed the pace, the pace was fast tonight. We missed a lot of shots. They were just getting easy buckets and they kinda punked us in the beginning. That’s how I felt. They kinda punked us as a team. They were in us. They weren’t letting us catch the ball easy. They really had it out for us”


“It’s all about competing and playing smart and hard basketball. You can’t just play hard basketball, and you just can’t play smart basketball. You gotta combine the two, and when you do that, then you’re in there with a chance to compete with anyone. We’ve kinda learned that this year. We go out there and we don’t compete, and we can get beat by anyone. When we go out there and compete and play smart basketball, we can compete with everyone.”