Belichick touchingly remembers Myra Kraft

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Belichick touchingly remembers Myra Kraft

After the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Dolphins, the New England locker room celebrated in a way different from any of their other 12 wins this season.

The team presented owner Robert Kraft with a painting of Patriots players huddling up and a large "MHK" in the center. The letters stood Myra Hiatt Kraft, Kraft's wife who passed away soon before the season began. The Patriots have dedicated their season to Myra Kraft and wear MHK patches on their uniforms.

Bill Belichick was asked about the scene in the locker room when Robert was presented with the painting.

"It was given to Robert by all the players and coaches on the football team," Belichick told WEEI's Big Show. "Everybody contributed equally to that. It was kind of commissioned by a couple of our players to have it painted, a special painting obviously in commemoration of her, to give to him as a token, a gesture from this team, which is a special team because it's the year that it happened.

"That he would have that from all of us -- I thought it was a great idea. A couple of the players brought it to me. We talked about it. We brought it up with the team. Team was fully supportive of it. Fortunately we were able to beat Miami and present it to him in a joyous locker room setting."

Belichick got emotional as he was asked about Robert's reaction. Was Kraft surprised?

"Think so," Belichick said.

Did Kraft get emotional

"Yeah I'd say that's accurate," Belichick said softly.

Myra Kraft wasn't the biggest proponent of her husband buying the Patriots when he did, but she eventually became a devoted football fan.

"She was always the first one i saw coming out of the locker room," Belichick said. "I would see her outside the locker room, prior to going into the postgame press conference. She was always right there, very supportive."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

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Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”