PALM BEACH -- While the Ponce De Leon ballroom at The Breakers buzzed with Tim Tebow-related conversation at the AFC Coaches Breakfast, Bill Belichick put a wet blanket on the topic when he was asked about the Jets adding Tebow.
"I really havent given it a lot of thought," said Belichick. "Try to concentrate on our team right now, going through our team building, free agency, draft process, I think all teams are a long way from being where theyre going to be in July or August, regular season. So, let it play out. Well budget time for all those things, but right now, just trying to construct our team the best we can."
Belichick has showered Tebow with praise in the past so the answer he provided Tuesday wasn't reflective of his feelings about the quarterback. Taking a stab at how Belichick regards the Tebow saturation by the media, though, isn't hard. He probably thinks it's a little absurd.
"We have a lot of respect for all the teams in our division, theyve all made changes, Im sure theyll all be very competitive, well have our work cut out for us," Belichick generalized. "I think right now, we need to focus our attention on what were doing and not worry too much about what everyone else is doing, and I think wed be better off doing that. Thats what were going to do. Nothing we can do about those other teams right now, anyway, so we need to worry about our team."
BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.
Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.
“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”
Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.
So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.
“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”
Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.
“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.
Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”
Tony Massarotti in the Cumberland Farms lounge believes there is 0% chance David Ortiz comes out of retirement.