Tom Brady Rumors
Brad Stevens: So, I didn’t even know that [Tom Brady] was going for sure until that morning. … The players and I flew together from Atlanta, because we had met with Al [Horford] the evening before. [Brady and Celtics representatives] quickly went out to eat lunch before the meeting, and you know, I think [he is] a great example of a guy that is obviously an incredibly high achiever, has won at the highest level, is totally committed to being the greatest that he can be, and loves being a part of Boston sports. He loves living in Boston, talked about how much his family enjoys Boston … about raising his kids here — you know everything else. He really came across as just a normal guy, and I was really impressed with him. It was the first time I had really spent any time with him. I had been to a practice of theirs before where I got a chance to meet him briefly, but he was great and people respect not only the fact that he’s accomplished all that he’s accomplished, but he’s just a really down-to-earth person. I felt very good about how we presented ourselves [in the team’s pitch to Durant]. Having been through 13 years of recruiting prior to coming to Boston, I felt like that we went in there, and I think that we focused on the right things to focus on and put our best foot forward, and I felt really good that we had left no stone unturned, so that was that.
On his meeting with the Boston Celtics and the surprise inclusion of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: “I was ready to just say, ‘Alright let’s go. I’m ready to go,’ seeing Tom Brady there. Seeing someone so successful at his craft, and just a great ambassador for the game of football and the city of Boston, it was great to be in the presence of greatness. But at the same time, I knew I couldn’t let that distract me. (But) he was great. It was great to see him.”
Ramona Shelburne: Kevin Durant on Tom Brady, “I was ready to just say, ‘OK. Lets go.’ It’s great to be in the presence of such greatness. But at the same time I knew I could t let that distract me.”
The team’s presentation, as well as the inclusion of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – one of Durant’s favorite players – made a very “favorable impression” on Durant to the point where, according to one source, it’s no longer that big a stretch for him to seriously think about Boston as his next basketball home.