(Check out those jersey tops. They look like the Indiana Hoosiers warm-up pants on crack.)
Despite (inaccurate) reports of his release, Avery Bradley continues to compete for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli basketball league.
In his last game on Sunday, Bradley scored 13 points, adding five rebounds, one assist and two steals as Hapoel Jerusalem held off Elitzur Netanya and my new favorite player, Shgb Zikri. In the spirit of full disclosure, Shgb barely played in the game, but I mention his name because it’s quite obvious his parents couldn’t afford to buy a vowel. Bradley led his team with 36 minutes played (they play 40 minute games in FIBA competition), a sign that he is probably endearing himself to the coaching staff.
Through three games with the team, Bradley is averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.7 steals. He’s shooting 45.7% from the field, including 30.7% on threes from the closer international line. The lack of assists is troubling, considering that Bradley’s biggest need for improvement is running a team from the point guard position. But he has quickly earned minutes, he continues to play basketball during the NBA lockout when he could have chilled at home, and he’s making a little cash during a time when most NBA players are getting nothing. Things could be worse.