“People do come in and out of this league but I always look at it, I say this all the time, things happen for a reason,” he said. “I got injured for a reason and that made me hungry, want to keep working. I just continued to get better and better and better, and when my time came last year, I was prepared and I just want the same thing to happen this year. I want to continue to keep working.” – Avery Bradley to Jessica Camerato
Avery Bradley has taken the right approach toward this injury, fate debatable or not. He’s worked off the court to improve mentally, since his body hasn’t cooperated and enabled him to endure the rigors of NBA basketball.
The Celtics have to be pleased, and though injured, Bradley remains one of the highest valued players on the Celtics roster. If the C’s are to make a move to obtain the likes of Marcin Gortat, it will be Bradley that the Suns ask for.
That’s not to say GM Danny Ainge will give him up.
Bradley’s strides in observing Rajon Rondo and working with him on the mental aspects of the game won’t go unnoticed. Bradley is willing to learn and that eagerness will translate to further success. Only 22, he’s primed to be a premier defender for many years to come, and the offense will subsequently follow as he spends more time in the league.
That’s because he has the athleticism and skill set to make it happen.
Bradley still isn’t due back for a couple weeks, and a lot of C’s fans are pinning the season’s hopes on him. With the Celtics currently sitting at 8-6, the opportunity to make big strides when Bradley returns is there.