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A dose of new perspective could raise Avery Bradley’s game

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 27, 2012 Celtics News 9 Comments

Perspective is one of my favorite words.  Maybe because perspective is one the most important things in life.  A lack of it will make you look like a fool.  A healthy dose of it can make you look like a genius.

One of my favorite examples of perspective is when you put two bottles on a table and line them up… from a certain perspective, it looks like there’s just one bottle there.  Anyone looking from that one, unwavering perspective would argue to the death that there’s only one bottle… when the ability to look at a situation even just slightly differently will show you you’re wrong.

It’s important in everything.  From the most serious problems in life, to the fundamentals of basketball.  For Avery Bradley, who is coming off his two shoulder surgeries, that change in perspective has already changed his game. 

“I ask Rondo so many questions now,” he said. “I watch a lot of film because of him. It’s funny because it seems like I was just a rookie yesterday and now I’m helping the rookies and sometimes I’m helping the older guys because I look at the game differently.”

Changes in perspective can be so powerful, that they produce epiphanies.  After a lifetime of seeing the game a certain way, suddenly, Bradley has been exposed to something entirely new.

“There were some of those things (head coach) Doc (Rivers) would yell at us about,” Bradley said. “[He would] look at us like, ‘Are you serious? You don’t see that? You don’t see what I see?’ We’d be like, ‘No, we don’t.’

“Now I see those things and I look at people that way, like, ‘Why aren’t you doing things that way?’ I look at the game completely different, it’s weird. It’s like once you know the plays and you feel comfortable, you know all the other teams’ sets, it’s like you know everything and it’s just easier. I know Paul (Pierce) and them can say the same thing, too.”

Advantages in the NBA, or any other professional sport, are slim.  Avery Bradley (who only just turned 22, by the way) is fast, but so are a lot of guys.  Mental preparation in the NBA can be the difference between getting to the right spot on the floor and getting beat or fouling a guy.  Avery Bradley is quick, has great footwork, and can play tremendous on-ball defense just based on physical skill.  If the mental part of this game matches the physical… then Bradley’s return (which is getting closer) will be a game-changer for the Celtics.

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  • 17rings

    there is no doubt in my mind that avery bradley will be a SEASON-changer if he can stay healthy.

    #1 D in the league from 2013 on… mark my words.

  • Celticsfanatic

    Ray Allen in the background… gross.

  • Drew

    I love Avery Bradley. Love Love Love

  • RedsLoveChild

    Avery Bradley is already “D-Rose Lite”

    Great athleticism…fearless…just 1 inch and 10 pounds smaller.

    AB out-shot him last year from the field {.498% vs .435% FG}…from the arc {.407% vs .312%}…and his defense goes without saying.

  • JimmyG

    I love his game. His defense is undoubtedly superior but the way he makes cutters and runs without the ball is huge. He has great chemistry with Rondo and can allow him some rest too even if he’s not a natural point. I expect a huge improvement in the team when he comes back even if it means making an already imposing bench even better.

  • mrchumpy

    I love Avery Bradley too, but I think it’s important not to get our hopes waaaaaaaaaay up for results upon his return. He’s coming off a serious injury and it’s not like he was an all-star before he went out. He’s got the potential, sure, but until he’s still largely unproven.

    I don’t hope for game changing performances, I’d happily settle for his average production last year.

    • 17rings

      His average production from last year would be HUGE for us.

      My hopes are way up because no matter what he does offensively, he’s not going to forget how to defend.. and his comeback will instantly make us a top 10 team defensively (compared to mid 20s right now).

    • eddysamson

      I agree. If you read that piece that is quoted here, his injury was very serious and I’m surprised hes even going to be ready this soon.

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