|Posted on October 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM|
I hope the kid comes back strong. Not just for the Celtics. He's a nice guy who works hard. So I hope for the best for him. I hope he can block Wade again, and I hope he can find a spot along side Rondo on the break. The Celtics have a ton of insurance if Bradley takes longer, and it also takes away pressure from Bradley to come back quicker. Bradley spoke about his rehab, and here's the latest.
"That's the big thing for me right now, trying to get stronger, so I'm able to do contact things," Bradley said. "Like right now I can walk through the offense, but obviously I can't jump into practice and have a full practice yet. I wish I could, but I'm getting there.
"It's more up to me, like how I'm feeling. Just how I feel going up against contact. If my shoulders can't put up with it, that's when they're going to say, like, 'Don't do it.' That's the main thing right now for me, is the contact. They're so worried about me not doing contact. I can't dunk the ball, I can't do anything like that, because they don't want me to put any stress, like I haven't even done a full push-up. I can't put any weight on my shoulders right now. I've just got to get them stronger."
"I think the next deadline is for me to practice. I went from working out with [head trainer Ed Lacerte] to the strength and conditioning coach, so, that was one deadline," Bradley explained. "And then now, the next one is for me to practice, and that's like November, or something like that. That's what they were aiming for, for me to be able to [go through] a contact practice. But as of right now, I'm just shooting every day, lifting every day, and trying to increase my weight every week. That's what I'm trying to do right now."
"A lot of people during the summertime were like, 'I don't know how you did it,' Bradley said when asked how badly his shoulders were hurting him. "But, the adrenaline, and not only that, not wanting to let your teammates down, there was a mix of that, that's why I kept playing. But it hurt really bad. It got to the point where I couldn't do it anymore, because you could just pull one of my shoulders and just pull it out. It was bad. It was bad."
"It's up to Doc. It really doesn't matter to me," said Bradley. "I've just got to be ready for my team. If I'm starting, I'm starting. If I'm not, I'm not. I just have to be prepared for whatever Doc wants me to do and I'm going to come back stronger."
Bradley showed how tough he was, giving his all to the Celtics until his body couldn't give anymore. Will never know if Bradley could have been the player that put the Celtics over the top in 2012. But this season he could redeem himself. He'll give it his all, we know that.