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Your Morning Dump… Where Avery Bradley kicked in the rotation doors

Chuck - Red's Army April 20, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

FireShot Screen Capture #016 - 'Avery Bradley Pictures - Boston Celtics - ESPN' - espn_go_com_nba_player_photos___id_4240_photoId_2011991_avery-bradleyEvery morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

But when both Allen and Mickael Pietrus went down later in the month, Bradley kicked in the rotation doors, not only establishing himself as an essential player but taking over the starting shooting guard role that he's relinquished for just one game since.

Over the past 16 games, Bradley has averaged 14.8 points, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (96 of 176) and 56.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (18 of 32). Defense remains his calling card, but his offense is quickly catching up, which seemed impossible given his woes shooting the ball early in his career.

As Kevin Garnett gushed: "Avery is playing as good as any other player in this league…. high confidence right now and we're loving it, we're fueling it. We fuel everything in this locker room with confidence."

Confidence is all Bradley needed. Now, he gushes it. It's still subtle, but Garnett has taken notice of it.

"Man, he's playing with a free mind, playing aggressively, attacking the rim," said Garnett. "On top of other things, he's hitting 3-pointers, chest-bumping, and having his own little swag, if you will. I love it."

ESPN Boston – Believing in Bradley

Whether I'm watching him play or reading over his stats, I remain stunned at the emergence of Avery Bradley.  

The next challenge comes in the playoffs. Can AB still knock down shots as the games get more important, more physical and the competition gets better?

Check out the entire article. Chris Forsberg also examines the adjustments Bradley's had to make in dealing with the media and his contract status, which is favorable to the team for the next 3 seasons.

Related links: Herald – Avery Bradley packing 1-2 punch

On Page 2, Ray Allen wants to play for a team that won't trade him.

So Allen was asked to think hypothetically. Let’s say that after his contract expires on July 1, the Celtics fail to find a major free agent willing to accept a piece of their newfound cap space. If Allen gets a call from Ainge, offering up a one-year deal at above average money, would that be enough to make him stay?

Allen paused and grimaced. He wants better security than another one-year deal. He’s tired of sweating out trade deadlines.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said of the scenario. “But I don’t want to go into this season, like I have in past seasons, worrying about whether I was going to be traded or not. At this point we want to ride it out, take this thing to the house, and not have the instability of not knowing whether today or tomorrow something is going to happen.

“For all of us, you deal with that over the course of your career, but wherever I end up after this summer, that has to be the No. 1 mandate. At this time I owe it to my family to be ultimately selfish, because I’ve been a very unselfish team player, and I’ll always do that. But when it comes to myself and my family, I have to make sure that I don’t rock their worlds or put them off kilter in any fashion.”

Herald – Future still bright, if not Green, for Ray Allen

Ray Allen is a man in transition, and it's killing him. This season he's dealt with incessant trade speculation and the loss of his starting position. I hate to sound callous but… Get used to it, Ray.

No team is going to give Ray Allen a no-trade clause. He might be able to squeeze a two-year deal out of a contending team, but such a demand will limit his choices. Ray will have to decide what's more important; chasing another championship or stability.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Garnett's drive kicks into walks | CSNNE – C's close to adding former BC star Sean Williams | Division clinched, Dooling, bench to get more time

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

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  • paul

    I love it that you don’t think that there is anything at all wrong with the fact that we may lose Allen, when he badly wanted to stay with us, or at the very least we’ll have to pay through the nose for him, more than we should have had to do, all because your beloved Mad Danny keeps everyone perpetually under a sword of damocles.
    Of course on one level Allen is talking crap. Being sixth man is no dishonor. It’s actually something we badly needed from him. And for him to blame his greed on his family is nauseating. How many millions will it take for them to feel secure, Ray? But we all know that his fundamental point is totally valid. Someone who has given us, and the league, as much as Ray Allen has should not have to be sweating trade deadlines at this point in his career.
    Just remember folks: when you choose to justify a system that treats players like chunks of meat, you are also calling for you and your loved ones to be treated that way or far worse in your job situations. What goes around comes around. If you think it’s kewl for Ray to be forced by Danny to keep his bags packed and by his door at all times, you’d better not complain if your life is disrupted.
    But the better approach is to turn this around. Demand that people be treated with reasonable dignity and consideration. It’s got to be obvious to any decent human being that it’s wrong for a Ray Allen, at this point in his career, to be sweating trade deadlines.

  • djisinthehall

    psst– these dudes make more money in a year than most people do in their life times. Players have to do what is best for them and teams have to do what is best for themselves.
    I love Ray, grateful for everything he has done, but watching the Celtics win is my favorite turn my brain off from everyday responsibilities.
    So, if Ray fits in and makes us better great if not. Have a terrific life. It really is what it is.

  • Alex

    Heh, did Paul actually make a rational comment in here without sneaking in a single bit of Rondo love in his post?
    Good job, Paul, thanks for the share.

  • djisinthehall

    I am pretty excited to Watch Rondo and Avery Bradley for the next foreseeable future.
    Its going to be a back court that Boston has never seen. (I know we have had great back courts, but none that were this quick and this good defensively.)

  • Danno

    That’s the biggest bunch of Derp Bananas I’ve ever read on the Internet, Paul.
    There is no Karma involved in being a fan of a league where trades are a part of everyday life. “normal” people will never have to worry about such, because we’re not tradeable commodities. We don’t have agents. We aren’t part of an advertising scheme or brand management.
    Ray makes $10 million dollars a year. He’s also 36 years old and his body is failing him. If anything, the Boston Celtics as an organization owe it to their fans to keep guys like Ray on a short leash when their paying customers are leaving in droves. Games aren’t selling out anymore. One of the prices of fame and especially of being a superstar in the NBA is that you are a tradeable commodity. Your services are in Demand. We all understand Rays concerns for his family, but it’s not like they are in any danger or living paycheck to paycheck.
    Cry me a river, Ray. Maybe worry less about that and more about not dribbling off your foot out of bounds so often, and there will be fewer trade rumors.

  • mollysdaddy

    If Ray doesn’t want to worry about being traded, would it benefit him to sign for 5 million? The whole point of a trade is to get better. The trade system is set up still largely based on salary, isn’t it? Who would Ainge trade for in the neighborhood of 5 million that is better than Ray?
    You get paid in life based upon value and availability. If I can do something very few people can do, and it has value I can name my price. If I’m a dime a dozen, not so much. Ray is approaching dime a dozen status.
    I love watching Ray, but honestly, isn’t Ray replaceable on our roster with Steve Novak? He’s making under a million. I would Trade Ray for Novak in a heartbeat. Dump nine million and get a better 3pt shooter, this season.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    In return for “treating players like chunks of meat”, players get paid millions of dollars and, on top of that, Ray is now a free agent and able to freely choose to go to a different team if he’d like. The system is mutally beneficial. it’s the same system that lets players force their way out of teams.

  • IanD

    I think that is a very good point. He can trade $$ for stability, no way a team would want to let that go. But at the same time a $5 million Ray Allen on the bench would be a very sought after commodity.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Ray has made in excess of $178,000,000 in his career.
    Paul, feel free to write him a large check, from your own personal bank account, as it just might lift Ray`s spirits and cheer him up!