Tom Brady

Morning sports update: Bruce Arians thinks Tom Brady wanted to leave the Patriots to ‘try a different way’

Arians also added that Belichick's record "speaks for itself."

Tom Brady after winning Super Bowl LV.

The Celtics face the Nuggets tonight at 7 p.m. Boston is 1-4 in its last five games.

The Bruins return on Thursday against the Devils at 7 p.m.

Bruce Arians on Tom Brady: With his seventh Super Bowl win, 43-year-old Tom Brady has cemented his legacy as the most successful quarterback in NFL history.

An added piece of vindication for Brady’s legacy was winning a title away from the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

Brady’s Buccaneers coach, Bruce Arians, noted a week ago that he thought the quarterback was “making a statement” with his Super Bowl LV that “it wasn’t all coach Belichick.”

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Speaking again on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Arians was asked by former linebacker Ray Lewis if Brady was motivated coming from New England.

“I’m sure that he shared with you for his motivation to win the Super Bowl after leaving New England and coming to Tampa,” Lewis told Arians. “What was that for Tom?”

“I think his competitive spirit is so strong that he wanted to do it. He wanted to show people,” said Arians. “I’ve never said anything bad about Bill Belichick. I know everybody tries to say I do. His record speaks for itself. He is probably the greatest one ever. But I think [Brady] wanted to try a different way.”

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Over the course of Brady’s time in Tampa, Arians has made a few notable references to Belichick. He also recently explained how he lets Brady coach players in a way that differs from the Patriots.

“I allow him to be himself,” Arians told Peter King of NBC in January. “Like, New England didn’t allow him to coach. I allow him to coach. I just sit back sometimes and watch.”

Trivia: Two Celtics players have totaled more than 40 points coming off the bench since 1984, according to Basketball Reference. One was Larry Bird in 1985. Can you name the other?

(Answer at the bottom).

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Hint: It happened in 1995. The player remains the all-time leading scorer in University of Arkansas basketball history.

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On this day: In 1971, John Havlicek scored 39 against the Suns in a 119-116 Celtics loss.

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Boston was unable to overcome Connie Hawkins and a barrage of Phoenix offense. Even with Havlicek turning in a “routinely brilliant day” (as Boston Globe reporter Bob Ryan called it), the Celtics couldn’t make a comeback.

Celtics 1971Daily highlight: French skier Max Muzaton was tearing down the Cortina d’Ampezzo downhill course at 70 miles per in the World Alpine Skiing Championships over the weekend when his ski caught an edge.

Normally, a mistake at that speed would’ve meant a terrible crash, potentially resulting in injury (given the icy, steep surface). But somehow, Muzaton pulled off a truly incredible recovering in which he skied backward briefly before turning around.

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Though his day ended in disqualification for missing a gate, the disappointment was surely overshadowed by the memorable, disaster-averting save:

Trivia answer: Todd Day

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