Rob Gronkowski says in SI interview ankle is 'doing good'

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Rob Gronkowski says in SI interview ankle is 'doing good'

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."

Right-o.

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.

Report: Ainge could prefer George to Butler with Nets pick

Report: Ainge could prefer George to Butler with Nets pick

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. 

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.