Foote could be on Celtics radar


Foote could be on Celtics radar

ORLANDO, Fla. The Boston Celtics are very much in the market for adding a big man, and may not have to go too far to find one -- 90 miles, actually.

Free agency and trades are options, but the C's haven't ruled out dipping into the D-League, either.

One of the top D-League centers is Jeff Foote, who plays for the Springfield Armor.

Foote had four points and seven rebounds in the D-League all-star game this weekend, told that he's well aware that the Celtics are in the market for some help in the frontcourt. With the Armor, he's averaging 15 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

But the C's may have some competition for the 7-foot, 265-pound Cornell graduate.

Foote has been getting some feelers from the New Jersey Nets, one of the Armor's NBA affiliate teams. He was supposed to have a workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he said it had to be canceled because it conflicted with a D-League game.

Needless to say, the 24-year-old feels good about his chances of being in the NBA soon.

"It's one of those situations where I feel I'm right there," Foote said. "I'll just keep plugging away."

Foote adds that while getting to the NBA is his goal, he's more focused on improving his overall play.

One scout who has watched him dating back to his days at Cornell, said he has improved his game in most areas.

"The big thing with him, is he's a smart player," the scout said. "I know, big surprise from a Cornell kid. But he just has a good feel for how to play, how to fit into whatever system. He's not a starting NBA center or even a backup right now. But if you need a No. 3, he might be able to help you."

Said Foote: "I've always assumed the better I play, somebody will take a shot on me. It's (playing in the NBA) is definitely a goal, but right now, I'm in the Development League trying to develop my game."

Amendola forced Brady to break a ping pong paddle in first week with Patriots


Amendola forced Brady to break a ping pong paddle in first week with Patriots

Tom Brady has never been one to hide his emotions when he's on the field, and it sounds like he's not much different at the ping pong table.

When asked about Brady during an interview on ESPN's NFL Insiders show, Patriots receiver Danny Amendola recalled one story from his first few days at Gillette Stadium back in 2013.

"He's the best teammate," Amendola said. "He's so competitive . . . I remember one story, it was my first week in the building and he wanted to play some ping pong. I didn't know how to go about it. I knew I was better than him, [but] I didn't want to beat him too bad because I wanted him to throw me the ball.

"I knew I was better. Needless to say, his competitive nature unleashed a broken paddle by the end of it. It's the reason we love him, and the reason why he's the best quarterback."

That first encounter at the ping pong table didn't seem to hinder Amendola's relationship with Brady in the least. In their first game together, Amendola fought a groin injury and still ended up with 10 catches for 104 yards in a win over the Bills. Since then, when healthy -- and particularly since New England's most recent run to a Super Bowl title -- Amendola has established himself as one of Brady's most trusted targets.

Amendola and the rest of the Patriots are facing a start to the regular season without their No. 1 quarterback as Brady awaits a decision from the Second Circuit on whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Should backup Jimmy Garoppolo take the reins in Brady's place, however, Amendola said he'll be confident. 

"He's a great player," Amendola explained. "He's been in the system a couple of years now and he's learned a lot. He's picked up everything that Tom has taught him and then also what coach [Bill] Belichick has to offer him. So we're all excited to see where he goes and see what the future holds for him."

Amendola says he feels 'really good' following offseason surgeries


Amendola says he feels 'really good' following offseason surgeries

Danny Amendola did not participate in OTA or minicamp practices that were open to reporters, but that doesn't mean he's ailing. 

"I feel really good," Amendola said while paying ESPN's NFL Insiders show a visit. "I had a couple minor procedures done after the season. Everybody knows how long the season can be. I wanted to go into next season feeling as fresh and ready as I can."

Amendola joined a relatively long list of Patriots regulars -- including LeGarrette Blount, Julian Edelman, Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon -- who were not spotted during spring workouts. There exists, however, some optimism that he'll be ready to participate in training camp.

Though Amendola has battled nagging injuries in three seasons with the Patriots, he's often played through them rather than miss time. The 30-year-old wideout has played in all but six regular-season games since 2013.

Amendola is coming off of his best year in a Patriots uniform, finishing 2015 with 65 catches for 648 yards and three scores. He now helps make up a receiving corps that will include Edelman, newly-acquired wideouts Chris Hogan and Nate Washington, Aaron Dobson, DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper and rookies Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien. 

Did John Farrell mismanage Xander Bogaerts' playing time?

Did John Farrell mismanage Xander Bogaerts' playing time?

Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray discuss Xander Bogaerts, who admitted he's tired and is receiving the night off for the Boston Red Sox.