Brady: Patriots have to find a way without Gronkowski

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Brady: Patriots have to find a way without Gronkowski

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Monday morning to discuss Sunday's blowout 59-24 win over the Colts. Though the Patriots won, Brady was disappointed by the news that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm in the fourth quarter.

"Hes such a great player," Brady said. "It sucks that he gets hurt, but its part of this game, so hes got to do his best to get back as soon as possible and weve got to go out there and win some games without him."

Gronkowski's skill set makes him irreplaceable in the Patriots offense. He leads the team with 748 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns this season, and he's proven to be a reliable blocker while dealing with nagging injuries to his back and hip.

Still, Brady said the Patriots have to find a way to get by.

"He does a lot for us, but there's a reason why you have other guys on the roster, too," Brady said. "Visanthe Shiancoe and Daniel Fells and Aaron Hernandez and Michael Hoomanawanui, everyone's got to get in there and start trying to make up for having Gronk out.

"That's just part of it, and you've got to find ways to adjust, and no one really cares. No one cares what's going on with us. We've got to go out there and still go out there and win."

It's not known exactly how long Gronkowski will be out, but Brady said they'll have to get to work on adapting to life without their big tight end quickly. They will take on the Jets later this week on Thanksgiving night.

"We haven't got in to all that game planning," Brady said. "But our offense is . . . we have flexibility within what we do. We try to play to the strengths of our players and obviously with Gronk, as a great player for our team, we've got to make adjustments and play to the strengths of the guys in there now."

Brady knows how big another win within the division would be for New England. With or without Gronkowski, Brady is hoping the Patriots will down the Jets on Thursday.

"We beat them once, it would be a huge game to beat them twice," Brady said. "Wed have a lot of tiebreaker advantages over them if we beat them, but that was a big win for them yesterday against the Rams . . . Theyre going to give everything theyve got, theyre going to be ready to go too and they always give us their best shot, so thats what were expecting.

Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

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Former Celtics teammates praise Garnett's passion and intensity

WALTHAM, Mass. – Like so many players who have spent part of their NBA journey having Kevin Garnett barking in their ear words of encouragement or just telling them to get the hell out his (bleepin’) way, you can count Avery Bradley among those who will miss the man affectionately known as ‘Big Ticket.’

Garnett recently announced his retirement after 21 NBA seasons, leaving behind a legacy that includes an NBA title won with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Among the current Celtics, Bradley is the only current member of the team who played with Garnett in Boston.

When Bradley got the news about Garnett’s retirement, he said he sat down and wrote Garnett a letter.

“To let him know how much I appreciate him, how special he is to me,” said Bradley who added that his relationship with Garnett was impactful both on and off the court. “Kevin’s just an amazing person.”

Leon Powe, a member of the Celtics’ championship team in 2008 with Garnett, echoed similar praise about his former teammate.

“As a teammate, as a player, KG meant the world to me,” Powe told CSNNE.com. “Intensity … he brought everything you would want to the game, to the practice field, he was just non-stop energy.”

And when you saw it time after time after time with him, pretty soon it became contagious.

“The intensity just motivated every guy on the team, including me,” Powe said. “It made you want to go out and lay it out on the line for him and the team. You see how passionate he is. You see he’s one of the greats. And when you see one of the greats of the NBA going hard like that all the time, you’re like ‘Man, why can’t I do that? It trickled down to me and every young guy on the team.

Powe added, “He brought that every single day, night, morning, it didn’t matter. He brought that intensity. That’s all you could ask for.”

And Garnett’s impact was about more than changing a franchise’s fortunes in terms of wins and losses.

He also proved to be instrumental in helping re-shape the culture into one in which success was once again defined by winning at the highest levels.

“KG has had as big an impact as anybody I’ve been around in an organization,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “The thing that stands out the most to me about KG is his team-first mentality. He never wanted it to be about KG, individual success to trump team success. He lived that in his day-to-day practice. That’s something I’ll remember about him.”