Avery Bradley’s ankle surgery will keep him out six to eight weeks, according to Danny Ainge, but Bradley should be 100% by training camp. (Boston Globe)
On draft night, Celtics president Danny Ainge said he was surprised to see Bradley slip so far, but acknowledged the injury might have been one of the reasons. Ainge said the rookie would have surgery and rehab in Boston.
“Avery will need a scope of his ankle,’’ Ainge said. “It will be about six weeks. He’ll probably say three weeks, but probably six to eight weeks but he’ll be 100 percent by training camp.’’
I’ve got a question about this injury — if it’s only a sprained ankle, why does he need surgery that will require six to eight weeks of rehab? I’ve seen a lot of sprained ankles in my life and they’ve never, ever required surgery, and certainly not such a long recovery. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it comes out that Bradley’s injury is worse than we know.
In other Bradley news, SI’s Ian Thomsen said Bradley is the next Eddie House and could potentially play both backcourt positions. (WEEI)
The Celtics got a better version of Eddie House. They got a guy who’s a terrific shooter; he’s got great range, but he’s a very good defender. The one thing he doesn’t do [is] he doesn’t drive the ball great. He’s a much better shooter than he is a driver. And is he a true point guard? They’re going to have to hope he can come off the bench and be the backup point guard they needed.
A lot of teams looked at him and wondered if he ever would be a true point guard. You’re going to have to think of him as more of an off-guard. If he’s your third guard and he can come in and play some point guard minutes, and then he can bring the ball up, he’s your deep shooter that they used to have with Eddie House.
They sort of have this hybrid, all-for-one thing that works well with what the Celtics have been the last few years. It’ll be interesting to see what the Celtics are a couple of years from now, if they’re operating on the same formula. I think that there’s always that need for an Eddie House kind of threat.
If Bradley is a better version of Eddie House, if he’s such a ”terrific shooter,” then why did he average 11 points per game last year? Down the road, Bradley could become a very good player. Given Ainge’s track record and Bradley’s potential, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. But for now? I wouldn’t expect anything out of the combo guard.