Former Celtic Johnson may return

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Former Celtic Johnson may return

SACRAMENTO, Calif. You can add former Boston Celtic Chris Johnson to the growing list of players that the Celtics will consider bringing in to add depth to their frontcourt.

Johnson, a 6-foot-11 forwardcenter, was recently waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after appearing in 20 games for them this season. He spent part of last season with the Celtics, appearing in four games while playing on a 10-day contract.

Although he didn't play much, he left a favorable impression on the franchise and C's head coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers especially remembers Johnson's play in a Boston loss at Denver, which just so happens to be Boston's next opponent after tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings.

In that game, Johnson had six points and three blocked shots.

"We thought about signing him for just tomorrow, because he had that sensational game last year in Denver," Rivers said. "We were going to sign him and just say, 'run like a gazelle again.'"

While there's not necessarily a favorite for the C's to land, Rivers made it clear that Johnson was a player that was under serious consideration.

"We're looking at everybody," Rivers said. "But Chris is an absolute option, no doubt."

For the season, Johnson has averaged 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds.

CSNNE.com spoke with him last week when the C's were hosting the Trail Blazers.

Johnson said he tried to pick the brains of all of the Big Four during his brief but productive time with the Celtics.

"From KG, how to play defense and man-up, one-on-one in the post. You get advice from Paul, Ray and future Hall of Famer Rondo," Johnson told CSNNE.com. "It was a bunch of good guys."

Which is why he was disappointed that they didn't keep him around.

"I understood the move they had to make, by getting (CarloArroyo)," Johnson said. "You can control what you can. All I can control is working hard, trying to get better everyday."

Does Brady have words planned for Goodell at Super Bowl? 'We'll see'

Does Brady have words planned for Goodell at Super Bowl? 'We'll see'

Tom Brady wouldn't take the bait following the AFC title game. He was told that he must've heard the "Where's Roger?" chants, and so then he must've had a reaction.

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady replied. 

WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show took another run at the Patriots quarterback's relatonship with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday morning. Had Brady thought about what he might say should he come face-to-face with Goodell at Super Bowl LI?

"Hopefully we’ll finish the deal," Brady said. "Hopefully we can finish it off, and we’ll see. Maybe I’ll tell you after. But I don’t want to get into winning something before we’ve won it, because it’s going to be hard to win this thing."

Should the Patriots win their fifth Super Bowl title, Brady probably won't be accepting the Lombardi Trophy from Goodell. That exchange usually takes place with the owner at center stage. Perhaps there's a scenario in which Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft allows Brady to take the stage first, but it would go against what has been Super Bowl protocol. 

Brady and Goodell could be forced to share the spotlight on the morning after the Super Bowl, however, when the MVP trophy is handed out. It's a ritual they carried out together on the morning following Super Bowl XLIX, when Deflategate was in its nascent stages.

One would think that the embrace they shared that day -- long before the Wells Report was published and long before Brady and the league were pitted against one another in federal court -- will be the last thing that either man wants to recreate two weeks from now. 

Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'

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Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'

During his weekly interview with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, Tom Brady highlighted the thought process that has helped make the Patriots such a successful team under Bill Belichick, and in the process of complimenting his boss, Brady also may have taken an inadvertent shot at the Steelers.

As broadcat to the world via Antonio Brown's Facebook feed, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin noted immediately after the Divisional Round that the Patriots had an advantage in preparing for the AFC title game because they had more time to rest.

"I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s just putting everything aside," Brady said. "Ignoring the noise, the positive things people may be saying about you, or the negative things people may say about you. Just believing in yourself and not making excuses.

"There’s always an excuse you can build into why you lose a game. 'We’re only playing on six days rest, we have this person hurt, or we didn’t get that call.' There are a million of them, and they’re all built in and you can pick them all off before the game. I think our coach does a great job of never buying into the B.S. He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call, or one situation. It’s all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to try and help us win. He never lets his foot off the gas pedal so when it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed. That’s just the way it goes."

The numbers support Belichick's approach: He'll be coaching in a 10th Super Bowl in two weeks, and seven of those have come as a head coach. Both are NFL records.