The Celtics doctors need to get Avery Bradley a CT scan quick. He’s showing signs of dementia. The media caught up with AB at his camp in Dartmouth:
“I can’t even [put it into words], you guys just have to see,” said Bradley. “A lot of people might say that, ‘We can’t be this, we can’t be that.’ I feel like with the coach that we have, we can be anything that we want to be. We just have to listen to [Brad Stevens] and buy into what he’s trying to do, his plan for us. I feel like we have a chance to make the playoffs and make a lot of noise this year if we listen to Brad.”
Bradley said he crossed paths with Rondo in Vegas recently and said the Celtics’ captain is “fired up” about the season. “Jeff Green as well,” added Bradley. “We’re all excited about this season.” Bradley also offered high praise after working out in Vegas with Evan Turner, who will eventually be added to Boston’s roster for next season.
And while he hasn’t yet met rookie guard Marcus Smart, he’s heard the buzz about his potential — particularly on the defensive side of the ball — and is eager to get on the court with him.
“Everyone keeps telling me that Marcus is a great defender and … I’m excited about that,” said Bradley. “Because Rondo is a great defender as well. Last year, he still played great defense, but this year I feel like he’s going to take it to an even different level. I feel like we have a chance to be a top-10 defensive team in the NBA this year.”
Avery has 32 million reasons to be excited, but using the p-word is outrageous. As for the talk of becoming a top-10 defensive team, I just don’t see it happening. Bradley, Smart and contract-year Rondo can lock down the perimeter, but there still isn’t much resistance at the rim.
The Celtics were 13th in opponents PPG last season, but ranked in the bottom third in steals and blocks per game and middle of the pack in opponents turnovers.