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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Takeaways from Pierce ceremony

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Takeaways from Pierce ceremony

0:41 - Chris Forsberg joins BST with Kayce Smith and DJ Bean to give his thoughts on the Celtics retiring Paul Pierce’s No. 34 on Sunday night.

5:23 - Evan Drellich joins from spring training to discuss the latest on JD Martinez and the lack of buzz surrounding the Red Sox.

9:57 - Kayce Smith, Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and DJ Bean talk about the new look Cavaliers getting the best of the Celtics and the recent struggles from Boston.

13:46 - Holley and Bean discuss the Bruins having the second-best record in the NHL and if Patrice Bergeron actually has a chance to win the Hart Trophy.

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Eric Lee speaks while other Patriots stay silent

Eric Lee speaks while other Patriots stay silent

FOXBORO -- The Patriots, as was expected, didn't really want to talk about it.

That much was made clear as only one player -- Eric Lee -- made himself available to the media as the team packed up its belongings Monday at Gillette Stadium.

Others declined to speak, ranging from polite (Devin McCourty) to vulgar (Johnson Bademosi) upon being asked.

The session offered little clarification on the Malcolm Butler situation. Butler was not among the few players to walk through during the media session.

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Kraft voices trust issues with league office in Parcells/Belichick documentary

Kraft voices trust issues with league office in Parcells/Belichick documentary

MINNEAPOLIS — ESPN’s “The Two Bills” 30 for 30 documentary illustrates a still-imperfect relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. It also provides a glimpse into the beginnings of Robert Kraft’s trust issues with the league office. 

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In discussing Parcell’s infamous departure from the Patriots to the Jets in 1997, Kraft says the asked the league to look into what was clear tampering by the Jets ahead of the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with the Packers. Though Parcells was under contract and not allowed to coach another team without Kraft’s blessing, the Pats owner said the league’s handling planted seeds of skepticism. 

“I probed the NFL office and the undercurrent was that having Parcells back in New York running the Jets was good for the NFL,” Kraft said. “It also told me that the league office was not as pure as I might have thought.”

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The Jets eventually hired Belichick as head coach in title and added Parcells as what they would call an “advisor” for a year before he would officially be the head coach. Though the Patriots got draft picks in the exchange, Kraft said he was upset because he believed the league tipped the Jets off as to how to circumvent the rules. 

“I think the Jets just figured they’d be cute,” Kraft said, “and what always bothered me is I think the league office tacitly blessed it and they told them how to do it.”

“The Two Bills” debuts Thursday on ESPN. 

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