Sports icons collided — literally — in Boston on Wednesday night.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was sitting under one of the baskets to watch the Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden.
Midway through the fourth quarter, James crashed the basket in an attempt to put back a missed shot. He ended up whiffing and running into Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday instead:
LeBron out here trying to kill Belichick fam pic.twitter.com/wNVKZfFIzU
— Anthony Bartoloni (@YoAnty_) March 2, 2017
Earlier in the game, Belichick was seen eyeing James in a very captionable photo moment:
"I wonder if he'd be cheaper than Hightower" pic.twitter.com/bILHouVNV4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 2, 2017
Yes, LeBron did play football in high school, and some believe he could play in the NFL. You think Belichick is considering him a backup option in case the Pats lose Martellus Bennett in free agency?
Patriots owner Robert Kraft sparked some paranoia among New England fans before the Super Bowl when he said he knows when Bill Belichick is planning to retire, but those comments apparently were not meant to be interpreted as Belichick contemplating retirement.
According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, people within the Patriots organization say Belichick plans to coach at least five more seasons. And if Tom Brady plays another five years in New England, it sounds like Belichick could stay even longer.
Every indication I hear from inside the Patriots is that Belichick plans to stay on as coach of the team for at least five more years.
These people also say Belichick wants to coach after Brady retires. They think Belichick wants to prove he can win without the best quarterback of all time.
That isn’t the first time we have heard of the belief that Belichick wants to prove he can win without Brady. While the 64-year-old would likely be considered the greatest NFL coach of all time if he retired today, there are some critics who would argue that he has not won a Super Bowl as a head coach without Brady. Does that talk bother Belichick?
It shouldn’t. There’s no shame in sticking with what works, and one player cannot singlehandedly lead a team to five championships. Belichick deserves just as much credit as Brady — if not more — for what the team has accomplished in the past 15 years.
Belichick lives and breathes football, so we could easily see him coaching through age 70 because he loves what he does. If he does plan on doing that, one of his top assistants may want to rethink his future plans.
Bill Belichick has officially updated his boat’s name to reflect the New England Patriots’ win in Super Bowl LI.
Belichick’s boat was originally named “V Rings” but was updated to “VI Rings” after the Pats beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Then after New England defeated Atlanta, there were questions about when he would update his boat’s name again.
Belichick wasted little time making the change.
Barstool Sports shared this photo of Belichick reportedly in Jupiter, Fla., with his updated boat name:
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) February 20, 2017
The title “VII Rings” represents the five Super Bowls Belichick has won as head coach of the Patriots and the two he won as an assistant with the New York Giants.
There’s no better way to sail the high seas than in a boat like that.
The New England Patriots held their fifth Super Bowl championship parade in the last 15 years on Tuesday, and once again fans got to see head coach Bill Belichick in an unfamiliar light.
Belichick, who is known for his all-business mentality, seemed to be really enjoying himself. How much? Enough to grab the microphone at one point and come up with his own chant.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) February 7, 2017
A bit awkward? Sure, but that’s what happens when a guy who lives and breathes football 24/7 lets his hair down.
The Patriots proved that they aren’t bored of winning championships, and so did their fans. Hundreds of thousands lined the streets despite inclement weather, and Tom Brady’s young son treated them to an entertaining dance. Between that, the players chugging booze and Belichick working the crowd, Pats fans were in their glory.
One of the best parts about Bill Belichick winning a Super Bowl is that he needs to update his boat’s name accordingly. And after winning Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, the New England Patriots head coach says he’s more than happy to do so.
Belichick has a boat named “VI Rings” to reflect the amount of Super Bowl rings he’s won in his career (four as head coach of the Patriots prior to Sunday, and two as a coach on the New York Giants’ staff). He updated the boat’s name from “V Rings” after the Pats won the Super Bowl against Seattle two years ago. Here’s a look at it:
Belichick has 6 Super Bowl rings (2 with the Giants). It's gonna be such a hassle when he has to update the name of his boat. pic.twitter.com/sFLOX50K0t
— Adam London (@ALondon5) January 26, 2017
On Monday, Belichick was asked about updating his boat’s name and said he’s working on it.
Belichick says he's already working on changing the name of his boat. "That's one of the highlights, for sure."
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 6, 2017
Not much elicits a smile out of Bill Belichick, but that query does.
There is a reason Bill Belichick is the best coach in the NFL and one of the best ever.
Not even twelve hours after winning his seventh Super Bowl as a coach and his fifth at the helm of the New England Patriots, Belichick’s response was simply to note that his team has some catching up to do if they want to be ready for 2017.
Bill Belichick asked about soaking it in: "As great as today is, in all honesty, we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 6, 2017
This is the most Belichick quote ever. It’s almost parody at this point. This is what he does, though. He’s not afraid to hold his team accountable no matter how much they achieve. The guess here is that Belichick will find a way to properly compensate for those five lost weeks that his team wasted while winning a championship. He’ll get by.
Most people believe New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played with some added motivation this season because of his four-game suspension, but one person who knows Brady a lot better than the rest of us finds that suggestion offensive.
Bill Belichick was asked on Monday if Deflategate gave Brady an extra boost en route to his fifth Super Bowl title, and the coach seemed bothered that people would think Brady had any room to work harder than he already does.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2017
In other words, saying Brady worked harder this season because he was dragged through the mud by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would be implying the 39-year-old gave less than 100 percent effort in past seasons. Belichick sees Brady at work everyday, and he knows the quarterback is already maxed out in terms of preparation and motivation.
Brady always says that his favorite Super Bowl ring is “the next one,” and there’s no reason to think he can’t win another. Even if he isn’t quite as dominant in 2017, we can still expect reactions like this one from Belichick anytime his team leader is questioned.