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Felger: Who really drafted Tom Brady?

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Felger: Who really drafted Tom Brady?

Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti are talking about a story in the Boston Globe, in which Patriots owner Robert Kraft says Bill Belichick wasn't initially in charge of player personnel when he took over as Patriots coach in 2000.

Belichick "earned his way in" to making player personnel and drafting decisions the owner told the Globe.

Which begs the question? Who then is responsible for drafting Tom Brady in the sixth round in 2000, if Belichick hadn't "earned his way" to making that decision?

Felger points to Larry Cook, who was director of college scouting for the Patriots until 2001. Maybe it was him?

How about the much-maligned Bobby Grier? Grier was fired shortly after the draft in 2000 but is said to be the only NFL personnel executive to contact Brady's college coach, Lloyd Carr.

Should he get the credit?

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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