I meant to post excerpts from this article earlier in the week, but it slipped my mind. Well, better late than never. Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston caught up with Avery Bradley at the rookie photo shoot in New York, and Bradley discussed his continuing rehab from left ankle surgery.
"It's the first time I've put on basketball shoes in a while," Bradley told ESPN.com during a break in the action Tuesday. "But it's the first time I've put on the jersey, and it feels good to have 'Boston' and my name on the back. It's cool."
"It's really tough," he said. "You kind of feel like you're behind. So I try to do as much as I can -- lift weights -- so I can at least be out there with other people. I'm still in shape. But it's definitely tough not being able to play and show your coaches and teammates what you got."
Bradley has been in Boston since the day after the draft and will finally get to show his teammates and coaches what he's capable of later this month.
"We're hoping two weeks [or] a week and a half, I should be back," said Bradley. "I can run and do everything now, but I need to just let injuries like this heal and just take their time. So that's what we're doing now. We're hoping a week and a half I'll be back."
Personally, I'm very intrigued by Bradley, and I'm really interested to see if and how he's used this season. I still find it hard to believe that a 19-year old kid can make any type of substantial impact on such a veteran-laden team, but if his defense really is as good as they say it is, maybe Doc Rivers won't have a choice but to play him. I'm not sold on him as the team's backup point guard, which is why I think Nate Robinson was brought back into the picture. Either way, the kid's got potential, and potential's something we generally feast upon.