Belichick: 'I don't know what Hall of Fame means'

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Belichick: 'I don't know what Hall of Fame means'

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick doesn't understand the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When asked about the subject on Friday, with regards to there only being one kicker -- Jan Stenerud -- in that Hall of Fame, the Patriots coach expressed his confusion with the selection committee's criteria.

"I don't know what Hall of Fame means," said Belichick before Friday's practice. "There are guys with great, long careers. There are other guys that have very short careers, in the Hall of Fame. There are guys on championship teams. There are guys who hardly ever played on winning teams. There are guys with personal stats. There are guys with less personal stats, but maybe have more championships, more longevity. So, I don't know what the criteria is for the Hall of Fame, at any position, to be honest with you. That's something you'd have to ask the Hall of Fame committee or voters or something like that, because I don't really know. I don't know what the criteria is, I don't know if it's ever been defined. I don't know if it's a popularity contest, or if it's a political thing. I don't know what it is.

It also sounded as if Belichick believes there should be more than just one kicker in the Hall of Fame. And not just kickers, but punters too.

"I mean, it's hard for me to believe that, as great as this game is, that there's, what, no punters and one kicker in the Hall of Fame? We can argue that they only play "x" number of plays, and everybody else plays a different number of plays. But, they're still significant players at their position," said Belichick. "But again, what the criteria is for them, I mean, I don't know.

"I'm not saying they're not deserving. I'm saying, what one guy does and what another guy does, what their careers were, relative to all the different things we talked about. I don't see any consistency, or say, they've met these three criteria, or they need to meet three of the next six criteria, or whatever it is. I don't see that, so you'll have to talk to somebody who knows a lot more about that than I do. I don't understand it."

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Lowe: Wouldn't be shocked if C's move Bradley

Zach Lowe’s most recent podcast is worth a listen, as it features plenty of talk about what the Celtics may or may not due ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. 

Lowe brought up the possibility of the Celtics top-1 or top-2-protecting Brooklyn’s first-round pick and including it in a deal for Butler. He surmises that the inclusion of the Brooklyn pick -- protected or not -- might not come until the final minutes. 

“Look, if Butler gets traded or if Paul George gets traded, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Marc Stein responded. “It’s going to happen in the last five to 10 minutes, so Boston has to make a decision, and let's see if they’re doing the math that they’ve had these assets for a while and it is time to do something bold and the time is now. Really, I think Boston will do it. The question is what will Chicago or Indiana do? And those are two hard reads.” 

Stein spoke to the Celtics’ lack of activity at certain points, but he said that if the C’s do fail to come away with a star player Thursday, it won’t be for lack of aggressiveness. 

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“I think the Celtics are taking criticism for waiting, and they’ve had all these assets they haven’t moved yet, but I think the record shows that Danny Ainge in general, in total, is very aggressive, not afraid to roll the dice, not afraid to make the aggressive move,” Stein said. “So I have less doubt about Boston saying, ‘Let’s just do it.’ I have far more questions about what Chicago and/or Indiana would do.” 

Lowe said that he imagines the Bulls would “think about” trading the C's Butler if Boston threw in the Nets’ pick unprotected, but added that Chicago would demand to also take two players out of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown. 

“I think that will be the offer and they’ll get there and Chicago will either have a moment where they say, ‘We walk away or we’ll do it.’ And Boston’s not going to throw in the other Nets pick,” Lowe said. “That’s just not going to happen.”

Rating the aforementioned foursome in terms of trade value, Lowe said that Crowder is the best piece because of his “ridiculously good” contract, followed by Brown, Smart and Bradley. 

Lowe added that he considers Bradley one of the “sneaky interesting pieces at this trade deadline” because his contract is up after next season, which is the same time that Isaiah Thomas’ contract expires. Lowe says that given the uncertainty of his future in Boston, he wouldn’t be overly surprised if Bradley is moved at the deadline. 

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Report: Ainge wouldn't trade Nets pick for Butler, but would for George

Will the Celtics part with the right to Brooklyn’s 2017 first-round pick in order to get a star before Thursday’s trade deadline? 

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Citing a pair of NBA executives, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News wrote this week that Danny Ainge’s willingness to trade the pick should be in doubt.

Sola named Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Paul George as potential targets, adding that the C’s might include the latter.   

Wrote Isola: 

Two executives doubt that Ainge, who historically plays it close to the vest, would give up the Nets pick in a deal for Butler. However, Ainge might consider it in a trade for George, the Pacers-free agent-to-be who has expressed doubts over re-signing with the Pacers.

‘With Danny, no one ever knows what he might do,' said the executive. ‘He's one of the best. If he thinks he can make a run at the Cavs this season, considering all the injuries Cleveland has had, I can see him making a move.

‘Everyone is talking about Butler to Boston but Danny and Larry Bird go way back. Paul George could be the sleeper.’

This season, the 26-year-old George is averaging 22.3 points 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game.