NBA reacts to Rondo injury on Twitter

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NBA reacts to Rondo injury on Twitter

Players around the NBA took to Twitter on Sunday in reaction to the news of Rajon Rondo's season-ending ACL injury:

Gotta give well wishes to Rondo. One of my fav players in the world. My prayers r with u lil bro. I'm here if u need me respect Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 28, 2013

Tough one today! On to the next one. Hated to hear the news on Rondo though! Don't wish that on no one. Get back healthy LeBron James (@KingJames) January 27, 2013

Man, sad to hear about @rajonrondo tearing his ACL, I wouldn'twish that on my worst enemy...get well soon bro Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 28, 2013

I hope my lil homie get well soon @rajonrondo. Im only a phone call away. Luv bro Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) January 28, 2013

Prayers go out to my homie Rondo, strong kid shoot him a tweet to keep pushing if you could!!!! Green nation Courtney Lee (@CourtneyLee2211) January 27, 2013

Prayers go out to Rondo for a speedy recovery and a strong come back John Wall (@John_Wall) January 27, 2013

Great win but tough to hear my bro @rajonrondo will be out...get healthy bro Jeff Green (@unclejeffgreen) January 27, 2013

My prayers go out to Rondo, hope he has a speedy recovery! James Harden (@JHarden13) January 28, 2013

God bless Rajon, pray he has a speedy recovery Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) January 28, 2013

Prayers to my BFAM 9 RR JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) January 27, 2013

Feel horrible for @rajonrondo, I know he will have a quick recovery. Greg Stiemsma (@gregstiemsma) January 27, 2013

Pray for my man rondo please. Get well soon bro Andre Iguodala (@andre) January 27, 2013

Prayers go out to Rondo for a full nd safe recovery !! Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) January 27, 2013

Prayers to Rondo man, terrible seeing a great player go down. Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) January 27, 2013

Terrible news abt @rajonrondo. Speedy recovery chase budinger (@CBudinger) January 27, 2013

Prayers of for Rondo...that AcL injury is the worst Iman Shumpert (@I_Am_Iman) January 27, 2013

Damn...always tough to see and hear about, wishing @rajonrondo a speedy and healthy recovery! Get well soon bro. DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan) January 27, 2013

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

Bradley's emergence as vocal leader speaks volumes about growth

BOSTON –  Terry Rozier was having a rough stretch where his minutes were limited and when he did play, he didn’t play particularly well.
 
Among the voices in his ear offering words of encouragement was Avery Bradley who knows all too well what Rozier was going through.
 
For all his time as a Celtic, Bradley has let his work on the floor do the talking for him.
 
But as the most tenured Celtic on the roster, his leadership has to be about more than just getting the job done, but servicing as a vocal leader as well.
 
For a player whose growth from one year to the next has been a constant, being a more vocal leader has been the one dynamic of his game that has improved the most during this past season.
 
And it is that kind of leadership that will carry into the summer what is a pivotal offseason for both Bradley and this Celtics franchise which was eliminated by Cleveland in the Conference finals, the first time the Celtics got that deep in the playoffs since 2012.
 
He is entering the final year of the four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014. And it comes at a time when his fellow Tacoma, Wash. native and backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas will likely hit free agency where he’s expected to command a max or near-max contract that would pay him an annual salary in the neighborhood of $30 million.
 
At this point in time, Bradley isn’t giving too much thought to his impending contract status.
 
Instead, he’s more consumed by finding ways to improve his overall game and in doing so, help guide the Celtics to what has to be their focus for next season – a trip to the NBA Finals.
 
While Celtics players have said their focus has always been on advancing as far into the playoffs as possible, it wasn’t until this past season did they actually provide hope and promise that Banner 18 may be closer than you think.
 
It was an emotional time for the Celtics, dealing with the unexpected death of Chyna Thomas, the younger sister of Isaiah Thomas, just hours before Boston’s first playoff game this season.
 
And then there were injuries such as Thomas’ right hip strain that ended his postseason by halftime of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland.
 
But through that pain, we saw the emergence of Bradley in a light we have seldom seen him in as a Celtic.
 
We have seen him play well in the past, but it wasn’t until Thomas’ injury did we see Bradley showcase even more elements of his game that had been overlooked.
 
One of the constant knocks on Bradley has been his ball-handling.
 
And yet there were a number of occasions following Thomas’ playoff-ending injury, where Bradley attacked defenders off the dribble and finished with lay-ups and an occasional dunk in transition.
 
Among players who appeared in at least 12 playoff games this year, only Washington’s John Wall (7.9), Cleveland’s LeBron James (6.8) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (5.2) averaged more points in transition than Bradley (4.7).
 
Bradley recognized the team needed him to be more assertive, do things that forced him to be more front-and-center which is part of his evolution in Boston as a leader on this team.
 
“It’s weird but players like Al (Horford) definitely helped me get out of my shell and pushed me this year to be more of a vocal leader,” Bradley said.
 
And that talent combined with Bradley doing what he does every offseason – come back significantly better in some facet of his game – speaks to how he’s steadily growing into being a leader whose actions as well as his words are impactful.