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Monday, June 9, 2014
Tom Brady admires teamwork in NBA Finals

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Count New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as an interested observer of the NBA Finals.

After an appearance at the Patriots' Community MVP event Monday, Brady was asked how much he admires the play of Tim Duncan, the longtime San Antonio Spur.

“He’s incredible," Brady said, before turning into sports analyst territory to give his take on the series and sports in general. "I think the thing you take from watching both those teams play last night is how good they are as a team. LeBron James without the other guys he has is nothing. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, without the guys they have on that team, as an individual you can’t succeed in a team sport.

"It’s very different than golf or one of those sports that maybe some guys like. I like it as a hobby, but team sports, to me, bring out the best in everybody. They bring out your competitiveness, the discipline, the willingness to do whatever is best for the team and not necessarily the individual."

Brady's remarks highlighted an overall teamwork theme in his nearly 10-minute Q&A with reporters, as he spoke passionately about the statistics that mean the most to win: wins and losses.