Bradley hopeful recovery time quickens with patient approach

720054.jpg

Bradley hopeful recovery time quickens with patient approach

WALTHAM Patience is the lesson that keeps on teaching when it comes to Avery Bradley who once again finds himself out with an injury heading into training camp.

It seems to be paying off, as Bradley remains on the mend from surgery to both of his shoulders.

During the Boston Celtics' media day on Friday, Bradley said that he is "months ahead" of schedule in his recovery.

If that's the case, there's a chance that he could be back on the floor for the C's sometime in November.

"At first they (doctors) said I was coming back in January, but now they say I'm months ahead," Bradley said. "That makes me feel good that I am making progress."

Bradley hasn't been cleared to do any shooting yet, but instead has been working to strengthen both shoulders and, "try not to do things I'm not supposed to be doing; listen to the doctors. They're so proud of me because I haven't been trying to do too much."

He added," I know if I touched a basketball, I probably would have shot it. I've just been taking my time, listening to everything they tell me to."

And in Bradley's case, doing less means a quicker return to the floor.

The 6-foot-2 guard emerged last season as one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the NBA.

The injuries bothered him throughout this past season, but became too much to handle during the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat last season.

"Throughout the year, I just kept pounding it down," Bradley said of his right shoulder. "My right one started to come out at the beginning of the year and I kept playing through it. Then there was a period I wasn't playing at all so the right one kind of healed itself. Once I started playing, my left one started to I tore everything. It was hard, but I wanted to keep playing. But it got to the point I couldn't play."

In his absence, the Celtics will go with Courtney Lee who was acquired via sign-and-trade this summer from Houston. Bradley understands he will have his hands full if he is to resume his starting job once he's healthy enough to start playing again.

Still, Bradley is adamant in stating that he will not rush his return to the lineup.

"I'm just trying to lay low, not rush anything back," he said. "Just take it day-by-day so that when I come back, I come back strong."

Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

buckleyeetrades504_1280x720_679577155909.jpg

Are Celtics better off building through draft or via trade?

Steve Buckley joins Arbella Early Edition to give his opinion on how the Boston Celtics path to becoming a title contender will come, through the draft of via trades?

Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

sherrodchances503_1280x720_678834755923.jpg

Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. – There was very little sizzle in the moves made by Boston during last season, one in which they were hoping would be a summer full of basketball fireworks.

Well the bar is once again set relatively high for the Celtics this offseason, one in which the chances of making an impact, fireworks-worthy deal appear to be even better now than they were a year ago.

The Celtics have Brooklyn’s first-round pick in next month’s draft that has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection, and will be no worse than the sixth overall pick.

That’s just the first of eight picks for the Celtics in next month’s draft.

Boston has the potential to shed enough salary to offer a pair of near-max contracts to free agents this summer.

“We look forward to every offseason,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes good fortune.”

There’s the NBA draft lottery later this month.

“We need some ping-pong balls to bounce our way, give us the best opportunity,” Ainge said.

The Celtics own Brooklyn’s first-round pick courtesy of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade with Brooklyn in 2013. That pick will be no worse than the sixth overall selection this season but has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection.

“Whether we use that pick, trade that pick and … in free agency we have opportunities. That’s all we have,” Ainge said. “We have no guarantees of great things happening. We have a lot of hope. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to have Plan A through Z; usually it’s A through G.”