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Tebowmania hasn't struck Belichick

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Tebowmania hasn't struck Belichick

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."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE