SI.com's Jimmy Traina tried to interview Rob Gronkowski on his Thursday Hot Clicks Podcast. The word "tried" is no knock on Traina; the man asked the right questions.
Gronkowski was, quite simply, Fort Knox.
"That was a while ago. I'm really just focusing on the offseason now. Just getting healthy and moving on forward from here to get better and get 100-percent."
This, his response to the post-Super Bowl loss partying. Gronkowski likewise skimmed over questions regarding Giselle's outburst ("heat of the moment"), his scooter riding ("That was two weeks ago. But that scooter was pretty cool"), and, oddly, his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
"Just a player-coach relationship. Go to work, come to work and work hard. That's what I do. Just listen to him as a coach because he's one of the best out there."
Though there was something of an injury update
"It's doing good. Just walking around a little bit now. It's definitely getting better. It's been about five-and-a-half weeks now. Just taking it week to week still and day-by-day and I just can't wait to get to 100-percent so I can get out there and do what I need to during the offseason."
Gronkowski would give no details about how the ankle sprain hampered him during the Super Bowl.
"I was out there playing. And when you're out there playing that's all that matters is you're out there and you're ready to play and give everything you have. That was the situation. That's what it was."
Belichick will be pleased, won't he? Listeners shouldn't be surprised -- consider the fact Traina opened the podcast by saying the "Patriots had some issues" with the interview in the first place.
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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil.
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately.
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia.
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday.
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.”
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did.
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively.
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”