Bill Belichick gives his assessment of the Celtics ahead of the NBA Finals

February 7, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks to his seat prior to the start of a game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick held a media availability session Tuesday morning prior to the fourth Patriots OTA practice of the year. However, before joining his own team, he began by addressing what is currently the biggest esports story in the region.

“Another great run for the Celtics so congratulations to the team, staff and organization,” Belichick began. “Great performance, looking forward to seeing the game.”

“Obviously they played great in the playoffs and two-thirds of the season,” Belichick continued when asked about his key takeaways from the team. “Really consistent, lots of good players. Played very good defence. They are tough, they rush, they play intelligent basketball. pleasure to see. Funny to watch.”

Belichick also said the relationship between all of the teams in town was a valuable part of his New England experience, dating back to when he first arrived. “It was great. It was great going all the way back when Rick [Pitino] was here when I got here,” Belichick recalled. “Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, from my point of view it’s been a great relationship with our players and their players and the teams and coaches. It was great.”

In fact, Belichick said he’s stayed in touch with other former Boston coaches and executives after they left town and continued to exchange advice.

“Some things in common. Both in Boston, pro sports. Some of these guys are moving on, like Doc [Rivers] or Titus [Terry Francona] or Tony [La Russa], who was obviously here briefly. Dave Dombrowski, guys like that. It’s good to keep in touch with them even though they’re in different organizations and will still play for the home team,” he said. “Relationships there extend beyond the initial introduction.”

Basketball wasn’t the only sport besides soccer that Belichick talked about Tuesday. He was also referring to former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead, who is currently qualifying for the US Open [which is being held in Brookline this year]. While Belichick said he was “dragging for” Woodhead, he stopped giving his former player any further coaching. “If he relies on me [for golf advice]he’s in big trouble,” Belichick said, laughing.

It sounds like Belichick has a lot of sports to do in the coming weeks. The NBA Finals begin Thursday, and Woodhead’s final US Open qualifier is the following Monday.

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