SOME SUNDAY things to think about as you already wonder if Tom Brady will show up at OTA’s (hint: he probably won’t and we know how much that didn’t matter in 2018):

• If you, like me, got all excited about the National League adopting the DH sooner rather than later, it looks like that can’t happen until at least 2022 – under the new Basic Agreement. In fact, it looks like only the pitch count has a shot in 2019. Commish Rob Manfred told the AP, “Some of these items need to be part of broader discussions that certainly will continue after opening day, and I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim.”

Danny Amendola coming back to the Patriots? The door appears to be wide open so why not?

• If you missed it, the AAF debuted on Saturday night. The AAF? Yeah, a new pro football league. And on national television. Eight teams and a bunch of guys trying to find their way back to the NFL.

Rob Gronkowski did a nice job on The Tonight Show, even excelling at one of Jimmy Fallon‘s word games. No, the big fella is NOT dumb. Now, will he play next season?

• Celtics President Danny Ainge clearly remains confident on having Kyrie Irving beyond this season, saying, “The way I viewed the situation is that I think a lot of people, because of Kyrie’s announcement (to re-sign) at the beginning of the year, thought that it was a marriage. And I think that it’s more like an engagement. And we’re going to get married on July 1st. I think that engagement is still on, as far as I know. In my individual conversations with Kyrie, we’re still engaged, but we really can’t make those vows, sign that contract until July 1st.”

• Under the threat of a $100,000 per game fine if they sat him, the Pelicans allowed Anthony Davis to return to the floor Friday night. He was booed in the home game, had 32 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, but sat the entire fourth quarter. Coach Alvin Gentry said he didn’t want to push Davis his first year back.

• Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy actually mentioned Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin by name the other day. By name. “I try to stay in the moment, no different than any other day,” Cassidy said. “Of course when I go home tonight I’m going to think ‘I wonder if we’ll trade for Panarin tonight.’ You know I’m human. But that’s it, right. Then it’s gone, then I’m cooking burgers or something at home.” Tampering?

• The longer Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned, the more you think the Yankees will pop into this free agent picture. First, Aaron Judge said he would do whatever is necessary to “make it work” with Harper in the lineup. Then came a report the Yanks had offered seven years and $220 million to Machado.

• Two streaks on the line in Houston Saturday night, where Russell Westbrook looked to match Wilt Chamberlain‘s all-time record (set in 1968) of nine straight triple doubles – and former teammate James Harden sought his 29th straight 30-point game.

• Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wants a Tom Brady statue for the Ann Arbor campus. “I think it’s time, don’t you, for a Tom Brady statue to built right here,” Harbaugh said on the Attack Each Day podcast. “Right in front of Schembechler Hall, or do you put it in the stadium? Where would you put the Tom Brady statue? … The tunnel? Maybe the tunnel? Where do you put it? Maybe some of the listeners can tell us.”

• Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer on the death of fellow Hall of Famer and ex-teammate Frank Robinson: “Still haunted by the loss of Frank Robinson. His quote ‘I always had the willingness to push myself. I tried to be better than what I was.” What a life lesson!”

• The Sixers raised Moses Malone‘s No. 2 to the rafters Friday night. Arguably the greatest rebounder of all-time, Malone, who died in 2015, fought the process but finally agreed before his death, as long as the name of every teammate was stitched into the banner. He played five of his 21 years in Philly, so there are some 50 names on the banner.

• Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. visited the Barack Obama White House twice as a college champion. Now, he’s not going to see the current inhabitant, but says he wouldn’t go if Hillary Clinton had won. Catching social media backlash, he wrote: “And for the crew that’s calling me a racist, c’mon now, you obviously don’t know me. So I’m curious. What else am I since I declined an INVITATION.”

• More Frank Robinson: baseball historian Marty Appel related the following story from Art Shamsky. “Because Art Shamsky isn’t on Facebook, I’ll repeat this story of his from when he was a 23-year old rookie teammate of Frank Robinson’s in Cincinnati. He always called Frank ‘Mr. Robinson.’ One day, Frank was HBP and really shouldn’t have stayed in the game. Elbow inflamed. Late in the game, manager Dick Sisler told Shamsky to pinch hit. As Sham stood in on-deck circle, Frank strode to the plate, telling Shamsky to go sit down, ‘I’m hitting.’ Confused, Sham looked at Sisler, who insisted he pinch hit. Robinson went to the dugout, really (ticked) off. Sham promptly homered. First ML home run. As he returned to the Reds dugout, Robinson said to him, ‘It’s OK to call me Frank now.’”

• More Robinson: Stat man Bill James picked a bad time to point out: “By the way, Baseball Reference WAR insists that the most valuable player in the AL (in 1966) was not Frank Robinson, but Earl Wilson, a pitcher who was 18-12 with a 3.43 ERA, one point better than the league ERA. No offense; just thought I would mention it.” This latest example of stats taking over the game was offensive on so many fronts. Robinson won the Triple Crown that year. Dennis Eckersley was one of many offended, tweeting “SHUT UP.” By that time, James had already removed to tweet and he then apologized.

• ESPN guru Adam Schefter on Pats coach Bill Belichick: “The thing with Bill is there is no sign of letting up. He just loves it so much. Now, at some point in time, he could decide, ‘You know what, I’ve had enough.’ But, I just can’t see his life without football because it is that important to him and it drives him that much. He is probably the most tireless person I know, the most tireless person I know, and have seen, because he’s incredible like that. I don’t care how old he is now, or how young he is, but he just keeps going and his appetite for it (never goes away). He gets to do it as long as he wants to do it.”

• Jumbo Joe Thornton scored his 1,000 Sharks point this week – in his 1007th San Jose game. Never should have left Boston.

Rajon Rondo stuck it to the Celtics at the buzzer the other night, later telling TNT, “Home, where it all started. Danny (Ainge) believed in me from Day 1, and my career probably wouldn’t be the same if I went anywhere else.”

• Speaking of that game, the Lakers, a poor 3-point team, won by going 22-for-41 from 3-point range and 7-for-18 from the foul line.

• More on that game: It’s still neat seeing Celtics green and Lakers yellow on the same floor.

• Oh, baseball has already made one change: the “disabled list” is now the “injured list.” Huge!

• New Dolphins coach Brian Flores has taken three other Pats assistants with him to Miami, most notably wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea, who will be Miami’s offensive coordinator. “Chad is extremely smart, innovative and hard-working,” Flores said. “He brings a lot of energy to practice and meetings. Chad has a great rapport with players. He has earned the trust of a lot of guys he has worked with from Randy Moss to Wes Welker to Julian Edelman. Chad has gotten the most out of his players from the 10 years I have been around him.” Saturday, the Pats also lost defensive line coach Brendan Daly to the Chiefs.

• Big news from a member of that deep Yankees bullpen, Zack Britton: “Breaking News: I will be going by my legal name “Zack” instead of my stage name “Zach”….. everyone continue to breath normally… #beenlivingalie #birthcertfail.”

• With Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sitting DeMar DeRozen and LaMarcus Aldridge on a back to-back, the Warriors led his Spurs 55-50 this week – then hit 24 of their next 25 shots (think about that) and won the game 141-102.

• Did you see David Pastrnak drop the puck back to Patrice Bergeron with an empty net the other night – allowing Bergeron to easily score the second goal of his 1,000th game? That, folks, is what teammates is all about. Afterward, Brad Marchand tweeted: “Congrats bergy on 1000 games Its been an honor being your liney, team mate and friend!” Bergeron was honored before Saturday’s matinee against the Kings.

• The Yankees’ CC Sabathia is on track to be ready after his heart procedure, and needs just 14 strikeouts to become the 17th member of the 3,000-K club – the first since John Smoltz in 2008.

• The mismanaged Knicks are the highest-price NBA franchise at $4 billion, in the latest Forbes rankings. The Celtics are fifth.

• Former Red Sox Jason Bay and Ryan Dempster, former Blue Jays GM Gord Ash and Rob Thomson were named as the 2019 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction class.

• I know he’s not a scorer, but I enjoy watching the B’s Chris Wagner play hockey. All grit.

• How bitter is St. Louis over losing the Rams to LA? KMOX, one of the great sports stations in the country, broadcast game 7 of the 2011 World Series instead of the Super Bowl.

• The Texas Rangers will retire Adrian Beltre‘s No. 29 on June 8.

• CBS Sports ran a great halftime feature during Saturday’s Providence-St. John’s game on the great PC legend Lenny Wilkens – the only player enshrined in the Hoops Hall three times (player, coach, assistant with the Dream Team). He’s also one of the classiest men I’ve ever come across in 45 years in this business.

• From the Bruins Alumni: “Julian Edelman stopped by the Alumni box last night and had a great talk with Tom Songin, whose uncle “Butch” Songin was the first Patriots QB in 1960 and the original Patriots No. 11”

• Remember first baseman James Loney? Well, now he’s first baseman/pitcher/coach James Loney of the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters. He was a multi-positional player as an amateur and is almost 35. A chance?

• One more Frank Robinson. From new Hall of Famer Jayson Stark of The Athletic: “He led the National League in slugging 3 years in a row (1960-61-62)!! And did it at a time when (Willie) Mays, (Hank) Aaron, (Ernie) Banks, (Willie) McCovey, (Orlando) Cepeda, (Eddie) Mathews, Frank Howard, (Roberto) Clemente and (Stan) Musial were all in that league. Wow.”

• Fox Sports posted an impressive, “There’s no debate. Boston: City of Champions,” piece of art work this week – but left the Bruins out of the picture, which had the words “City of Champions” inserted on the Citgo sign.

• Finally, we give you Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who, with what has to be a bit of sarcasm, says, “It just gets old watching the same team win the whole thing. Sorry, that was really arrogant, wasn’t it? It was kind of fun to say that.” He added, “I told our team today, ‘Look at the Patriots. They just never make a mistake. In a game when they don’t have it clicking offensively, they can still win because they’re just on point. They’re buttoned up. They’re just rock solid week after week after week.”

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