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Your Morning Dump… Where Avery Bradley is packing on the muscle

Chuck - Red's Army August 28, 2013 Avery Bradley, The Morning Dump 5 Comments

Avery Bradley

Every 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.

Two-a-day (and sometimes three-a-day) workouts this summer in addition to more weightlifting and a modified diet, has resulted in Bradley adding significant bulk to his frame.

“My body, I feel a lot stronger,” said Bradley who now weighs 196 pounds which is the most he has ever weighed. “Sometimes when I’m walking down the streets of Boston, people say, ‘Man you look a lot bigger.’ “

Bradley, who has weighed around 180 pounds most of his career, said he hopes to go into the season weighing about 188 pounds.

Not only will the added weight allow him to be an even more physical defender than he is now, but it should also result in his body being more sturdy for the rigors of this upcoming season.

CSNNE – Bulked up Bradley ready to play point for Cs

I know the feeling, Avery. People only noticing your muscularity and ignoring the brains behind the brawn. It sucks.

AB is saying and doing all the right things following his underwhelming season and disastrous playoff performance against the New York Knicks.

He’s working hard, claims he’s not distracted by the looming contract extension and says he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the the team.

The added weight will help him defend the bigger two-guards who can post-up without sacrificing much quickness.

As for him playing point-guard in Rajon Rondo’s absence [cringes], the Celtics simply do not  have another option. Phil Pressey isn’t the answer, folks.

I’m curious to see how Bradley approaches this season. Without the Big 2 around, he’ll have more opportunities to shine offensively. But I don’t want to see him jacking up shots. That’s not his game.

Bradley is the type of player who can dominate a game defensively and be an efficient scorer on offense.

RelatedESPN Boston: Beefed-up Bradley ready for new season

The rest of the links:

SI – Offseason Grades: Boston Celtics | ESPN Boston – Summer Foreccast: Not easy being Green |

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  • 84_and_7

    we have needed a back up point guard for how many years now? Throw Pressey out there. What do we have to lose besides games and an 8 seed at best till Rondo gets back.

    • Tommy_Heinsohn

      I agree with what you’re saying about Pressey and our back up PG. I still don’t understand why we got rid of T-Will (his legal troubles I’m assuming). He was the perfect back up PG, he knew how to run the offense and was a legitimate passer. He ran the fast break effectively, and occasionally he could cut through the paint and get to the basket.

      • CoachAJ

        It could be DA is under a directive from Wyc and the ownership group not to sign players with legal problems. Could be that ownership doesn’t want to be a part of that scene. So it limits who DA can sign, trades would be a different thing. I don’t think Pressey is ready to play in the League yet. Putting him out there too soon could kill the little confidence he has right now. I am betting we will see a lot of the Pitbulls directing the offense while Rondo finishes up rehab.

  • Nathan

    watching him in that 20 point comeback or whatever in game 6 against the knicks, where we wound up getting elimintated, got me really excited to watch him grow. Theres no quit in him.

  • Curt Hays

    So we expect AB is now strong enough to do the big balls dance and NOT sprain his knee?