We all respond to personal tragedy in different ways, and it appears as if Boston Celtics hybrid guard Avery Bradley may need some training camp time off as he recovers from the recent loss of his mother. The 6-2 guard, entering his fourth season, is apparently being given as much time as he needs by Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge in the days before the rest of the Celtics show up for camp.
"He's going through a very difficult time," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. "His mother passed away and they were very close and he's expecting a baby any day. He's got a lot going on."
Bradley's mother, Alicia "Lisa" Jones, 46, passed away on September 10.
When asked if Bradley might be late to training camp, Ainge responded, "I don't know. We're just taking it day-by-day right now."
The Celtics are beginning an extended rebuilding process that will spread out over several seasons while the team acquires draft picks and works its way toward cap space. Even with point guard Rajon Rondo possibly out for the beginning of the regular season as he recovers from an ACL tear, the Celtics aren’t going to win or lose a playoff spot in camp, the exhibition season, or in the first few weeks of the regular season. They’ll probably lose a playoff spot sometime in February, technically, if we’re honest.
Which is why it’s good to see Ainge taking the long view with Bradley as he determines what’s best for his family, and his personal and professional mindset.
Especially when, as Blakely pointed out, Bradley was working at a feverish pace earlier in the offseason, training to do whatever he could for his Celtics:
Aware that he needed to be more durable for this season, the 6-foot-2 guard spent the past couple of months in Boston working out two and sometimes three times a day with the result being him adding about 15 pounds of muscle.
"Sometimes I was doing a little too much," Bradley said earlier this summer. "The two-a-days I'm doing now are perfect. They're preparing me for the season and I'm working out with the coaches so I'm getting familiar with them and my new teammates."
The 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Second Team member will be a huge part of his team’s rebuilding process, but nothing is going to be built to perfection with a brokenhearted Bradley in tow during the first few days of training camp. We appreciate Ainge and the Celtics’ patient touch, as Bradley takes care of more important things.