Josh Gordon

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) catches a first down pass in the 4th quarter in front of New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Nov. 25, 2018.

SOME SUNDAY NOTES and quotes as you stare at those presents under the tree or enjoy the gifts you’ve already given or received:

Josh Gordon will be missed when the Patriots face the Bills today, and through the remainder of what lies ahead. “He was a great teammate to have,” Rob Gronkowski said Friday. “Great guy to have around in the locker room. We’re definitely going to miss him. Wish him nothing but the best. All other matter you’ll have to directly talk to him, but he is a great teammate to have around.”

• The Celtics held a team meeting after Friday night’s loss to the Bucks at TD Garden – their third straight loss. They were clobbered on the boards in the game. Gee, I wonder if that had anything to do with the absence of Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes? Horford has missed seven games but could play tonight against Charlotte.

• The Bruins received an early holiday gift while Patrice Bergeron was recovering from a chest injury: David Krejci. The center found his scoring touch again, leading one to believe this could be more than a one-line team and leaving Bruce Cassidy with a decision to make on his top two lines. “I’m really happy it’s not my job,” David Pastrnak said. “I really don’t know what to say. They’re (Krejci and Bergeron, the latter returning Saturday after a 16-game absence) both great players, so I’m not really thinking about it.”

And, boy, what a difference Bergeron made. He had a goal and an assist and was on the ice for four goals in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Nashville.

• It’s easy to close your eyes and imagine Craig Kimbrel as the Red Sox closer in 2019. The six years he wants just isn’t out there and I can see him and the Sox settling in the three- or four-year range.

Tom Brady‘s initial thought on his reaction to Gordon’s suspension was puzzling – and you have to wonder if perhaps Brady felt a bit betrayed because of all the work he put in with the kid. “There wasn’t much reaction,” Brady said, answering the first question at his weekly media gathering. “We all wish him the best. I think that’s kind of how we all feel. We want him to do what’s right for him.”

Urho Vaakanainen, the Bruins defenseman trying to make his way back from a concussion, is being loaned to the Finnish National Team for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship.

• Tweet from Boston news anchor David Wade: “I’ll admit it. As a Patriots fan, my split-second reaction was ‘Wow, Josh Gordon. Big loss for the team.’ That is so backwards. The ONLY thing that is important is this young man finding peace and happiness within. Wish him the best.” Good call, David.

Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston tells us Nike is hoping to design a neon uniform for the Celtics (think bright green). Red Auerbach just did another flip in his grave, as he has with current NBA things like dancers.

• Re: the Red Sox closer situation, from Ian Browne of “In a text, Dave Dombrowski said his stance hasn’t changed from the Winter Meetings regarding a closer. At that time, he said he didn’t plan on being ‘overly aggressive’ with big expenditures for our relief closer at this point.’”

• Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, looking to recover from an off season, has been having Twitter fun with how the rest of the AL East has been beefing up. His latest? “Just my opinion on Manny (Machado) going to the Yankees. No insider info. Preparing to see (Aaron) Judge, (Bryce) Harper, Machado, (Giancarlo) Stanton, (Gary) Sanchez, (Aaron) Hicks, Gleyber (Torres), etc. all in the same lineup...then go pitch against Mookie (Betts), JD (Martinez), (Xander) Bogaerts, (Rafael) Devers, (Jackie) Bradley, etc. in my next start! Lol.” Stroman pitched in 28 games for the Fisher Cats in 2012 and ’13.

Anthony Davis has been traded by the Pelicans more than any volatile Wall Street stock. For what it’s worth, the team says it won’t trade the very talented big man. “Come to the Bucks, man,” Giannis Antetokounmpo told him after they played against each other. “Come to the Bucks.” They both laughed.

• Get this: the Dolphins, still the guys with a perfect season including Super Bowl but extremely mediocre in this century, are copyrighting the term “Miami Miracle” for that final play against the Patriots. They’re 7-7. Seems almost as silly as Jaylen Brown flexing at Antetokounmpo after a powerful left-handed dunk Friday night — with the Celtics down 15.

• The Dodgers and Reds spiced up the boring offseason with that big trade Friday as L.A. dumped some $15 million in what could be a path to Bryce Harper. But Harper doesn’t play center field, wants 10 years and is a lefty hitter. There’s a lefty imbalance on the roster and free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock, formerly of the Diamondbacks, could make more sense.

• Indians manager Terry Francona, confident that reliever Andrew Miller would be healthy going forward, hoped the big lefty would sign in the National League. Friday, Miller signed with the Cardinals.

• From the obscure stat department, this from Stats by STATS: “The @BlueJacketsNHL have won all 9 of their Thursday games this season. The only teams in NHL history with 10 wins on a Thursday to start the season are the 1953-54 Canadiens and the 2013-14 St. Louis Blues. By the way, the 2007-08 Red Wings hold the record for wins on any day to start a season — 12 on Wednesday.”

• Machado announced Friday he won’t sign until January. That’s next week, but imagine what he would add to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

• The Twins are immediately retiring Joe Mauer‘s No. 7 and he joins an impressive list: 3 — Harmon Killebrew; 6 — Tony Oliva; 10 — Tom Kelly; 14 — Kent Hrbek; 28 — Bert Blyleven; 29 — Rod Carew; 34 — Kirby Puckett; 42 — Jackie Robinson.

Homer Bailey, 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA last year, waived his 10-and-5 rights to be dealt to the Dodgers, with the agreement he would be released.

LeBron James has been accused of tampering when he said it would “be amazing” for the Lakers to bring Davis to LA. Davis, who can be free next summer, recently purchased a home in Los Angeles. The pair had dinner together in LA the other night.

• LeBron, on ESPN, on NFL owners: “In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams, and they got that slave mentality. And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f--- I tell y’all to do or we get rid of y’all.’ The players are who make the ship go. We make it go. Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley and without Odell Beckham Jr., without those players, those guys, there is no football. And it’s the same in the NBA … The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he (a player) can be. The potential. In the NFL, it’s like what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday or this Thursday, and if you ain’t it, we moving on.” Note: he’s right!.

• Brady, on the mood in the Pats clubhouse when the Gordon news hit: “There’s a lot of those different types of feelings and emotions over the course of the year. We all have lives that exist outside of this building and there’s a lot of support from everyone and everyone goes through different things over the course of the year. We’ve certainly faced our fair share of adversities and I think part of that’s mental toughness and when you actually go out on the field and in meetings and so forth, you just focus on what you have to do, what your role is, what your job is. I think we’ve done a good job of that so we’re just working through the week and realizing that it’s obviously a huge game, big opportunity for us. It’s one we’ve got to win so that’s — been talking about that all week.”

Kyrie Irving on the Celtics’ team meeting after Friday’s game, which lasted over 30 minutes: “Much needed, much needed. I think everyone can see that we’ve obviously had some inconsistencies regarding our play, so I think it was just time to address it.”

• With his team 6-0 at home and 3-5 on the road, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked why playing at home is such an advantage. “I think playing well creates an advantage,” he said.

• More StatsbySTATS: “Tonight the @okcthunder became the first NBA team to have a player with 40+ points (Paul George), a different player with 20+ rebounds (Steven Adams) and a different player with a triple-double (Russell Westbrook) since the Mavericks did so on 4/11/1995 (Jamal Mashburn, Popeye Jones, Jason Kidd).” Follow that?

• Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on the YES Network this week told interviewer Jack Curry he got hurt during the American League Division Series against the Red Sox. Tweeted Curry: “After Didi injured himself in the Division Series at Fenway Park, he actually told teammates, ‘I think I tore everything in my elbow.’ But Didi refused to come out of the game. ‘I did the best I could with one arm,’ he said.”

• Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on Davis: “We’re not trading him. I can say that to the world. We’re not gonna trade him, no matter what. That’s not an option. It doesn’t matter what anybody says or does. We’re not trading Anthony Davis.”

• Drafting well? From the NHL after a game this week: The @MapleLeafs became the first team in 2018-19 to have six different former first-round picks account for six or more goals in the same game. #NHLStats TORvsNJD

• Dec. 20 marked the anniversary of the Red Sox failing to get contracts to Carlton Fisk and Fred Lynn in time, leading to their 1981 free agency. Interviewing him for the book “The Hometown Team” (still available on Amazon), I asked Lynn if he throught then-GM Haywood Sullivan did that on purpose. He said “yes” and laughed. “I didn’t want to leave. ... The powers that be made the decision. I’m from LA but when the Red Sox drafted me, this is where I thought I’d spend the rest of my career. I wasn’t real happy about being traded away.”

• New Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde after sharing the table with Brooks Robinson at Hyde’s debut press conference: “Brooks Robinson. Are you kidding me?”

• The Celtics are struggling, the Raptors and Bucks are flying, and Philly coach Brett Brown says, “I think our starting five is the best starting five in the game.” This could get interesting.

• Brady through 12 games: 24 touchdown passes, nine interceptions. Andrew Luck through 12 games: 34 touchdown passes, 13 picks. Pats 9-5. Colts 8-6.

• Our best wishes to Yankees lefty CC Sabathia, who revealed he underwent a heart procedure during this offseason. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

• Correcting a recent note: no, Sox fans, you will NOT have to watch a game from London at 1:10 in the morning. It’s 1:10 in the afternoon Friday night and early Saturday morning.

• From Ryan McCrystal of Bleacher Report on Twitter on the silly Pro Bowl: “Step 1: Pro Bowl selections get announced; Step 2: People get mad about snubs; Step 3: Everyone drops out; Step 4: Josh Allen and Blake Bortles get added to the team as the 27th and 28th QBs; Step 5: People get mad about terrible Pro Bowlers; Step 6: No one watches the game.”

• We lost a special lady this week with the passing of Penny Marshall, who played Myrna Turner to Jack Klugman‘s Oscar Madison and also gave us the special movie “League Of Their Own.” Tweeted column friend and Baseball Hall of Famer Claire Smith: “Sometimes there is crying in baseball. Tonight we shed a tear for pioneer director #PennyMarshall who helped us all come to love the women who played pro ball, thanks to her iconic “League of Their Own.” Ms. Marshall, R.I.P. , & thank you for the art that enriched our lives.”

• My friend Jay Horwitz, moved upstairs into an alumni role by the Mets after almost 40 years as the PR director, is having a great time contacting former players, including the 88-year-old Hobie Landrith, the first Met ever. After the Mets made Landrith, a catcher, the first pick in the expansion draft, manager Casey Stengel, asked why Landrith, said (and we’re paraphrasing), “Because without a catcher you have an awful lot of passed balls.”

• Finally, here’s hoping you and yours are having have a happy and healthy holiday season. Thanks for reading — and your notes!!!

Mike Shalin covers Boston pro sports for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is Follow him on Twitter @mscotshay.