Two surgeries are better than one? Not exactly, but in this case Avery Bradley requires a second operation “shortly” to fix his other shoulder. (Boston Herald)
The first phase of Avery Bradley’s shoulder issues may be complete, with the Celticsguard recovering from May 30 surgery on his left shoulder. The second phase — surgery on his right shoulder — is scheduled to begin “shortly,” according to a league source. Though not as serious as the condition of the left, which popped out of joint four times during the playoffs, the right shoulder was damaged in part as a result of Bradley attempting to compensate for the pain in his left.
The delay between surgeries is designed to ensure Bradley regains motion in his left shoulder before the right one goes under the knife.
The Celtics are hoping he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in early October, when the team is scheduled to play exhibition games in Istanbul and Milan.
Bradley’s development requires him to be locked into a gym, by himself, with a basketball, and shoot jumpers and work on ball-handling all day long, seven days a week. Instead, with both his shoulders recovering from surgery, he will be resigned to running on the treadmill and otherwise trying to remain in shape without using either of his arms. For a 21-year old who still requires plenty of refinement, losing a summer equals missing out on a chance to climb the next two rungs on the ladder toward stardom.
Also, Bradley playing as long as he could with his shoulders both destined for surgery tells me everything I need to know about what’s inside his chest.