WINTER PARK, Fla. Training camp is still months away, but the Boston Celtics are anticipating it will begin without Avery Bradley available.
Bradley, who underwent surgery on his left shoulder recently, will have a similar procedure performed on his right shoulder Tuesday in Boston that's expected to keep him sidelined for the early portion of the 2012-2013 season.
Austin Ainge, the C's director of player personnel, confirmed that there was a chance that the 6-foot-2 Bradley would miss training camp and possibly the start of the 2012-2013 season.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that while it's still up in the air as to when Bradley will be back, he anticipates it'll be sometime between the start of training camp and December.
That reality Ainge said, is among the factors the C's are considering during the team's evaluation process of summer league players such as E'Twaun Moore.
"You have to think about that stuff," Ainge said. "You have to have enough players to play at the beginning of the season, just as important as the end. We've thought about that and talked about that plenty."
It's been almost two years exactly since the Deflategate saga began during the AFC title game between the Colts and Patriots on Jan. 18, 2015.
Since then, Robert Kraft has expressed his displeasure at how the whole thing was handled by the league -- particularly as it relates to the treatment of quarterback Tom Brady -- on multiple occasions. And according to a story in the New York Times, that feeling hasn't subsided.
"Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly," said Kraft . "But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything.
"I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse."
Brady served his four-game suspension to start this season, and Kraft opted to accept the league's punishment for the team following the 2014 season: They were docked two draft picks (a first and a fourth) and fined $1 million.
The piece includes Kraft's thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump ("Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend," Kraft said), as well as comments from others on how Kraft has handled his situation ("I think Bob has exhibited disagreement, but he’s also very capable of making and influencing change," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said).
You can read the full piece here.