Tom Brady's Boston legend grows with Kevin Durant recruitment

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Tom Brady did his best to help the Boston Celtics land Kevin Durant (AP)
Tom Brady did his best to help the Boston Celtics land Kevin Durant (AP)

Boston has had a ton of sports legends across all four major sports, but not many have been called upon for some cross-sport free-agent recruiting.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady being a part of the Boston Celtics’ attempt to convince Kevin Durant to sign might be the ultimate Brady heat check. Hey, when you’ve won four Super Bowls, why not try to help the local NBA team too? And on the outside chance Durant leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder and picks the Celtics over the Golden State Warriors, well, that would be a coup even Orr, Bird or Pedro never pulled off.

Brady was part of the biggest story of the NBA’s free-agent frenzy this summer, as an official part of the Celtics’ pitch to Durant at the Hamptons.

The idea seems kind of insane on the surface. Even if Brady is the greatest quarterback ever (he is) and even if he’s a pretty cool guy (eh, sometimes), it still makes little sense why a basketball team would think a former NBA MVP would be star-struck by Brady and swayed to sign with the Celtics because of anything he said at their meeting. But athletes respect greatness, and KD is on the record as a Brady fan.

Here’s one potential flaw in the Celtics’ plan, as pointed out by our Adrian Wojnarowski: Brady sponsors Under Armour and Durant is a Nike guy. Shoe politics is not a small thing in the basketball world.

What the Brady thing does show is the quarterback’s standing in the Boston sports scene these days (Boston Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz made his pitch to Durant via Twitter; he had to work this weekend). By the time Brady retires, he’ll do so as one of the New England area’s most famous and decorated athletes, and that’s saying something.

The only thing that would make Brady even bigger in Massachusetts would be if Durant somehow chose the Celtics. Or if he won a fifth Super Bowl this season. Or maybe Brady can go ahead and get a sixth ring and maybe we can start assuming he’s the greatest Boston athlete ever.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!