Thursday, October 6, 2011
Avery Bradley Is Ready To Take Over Israel
With the preseason already cancelled, it's becoming more and more clear that there likely won't be a 2011-12 NBA season so you can't blame NBA players for going overseas.
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley became the second member of the team (rookie E'Twaun Moore is in Italy) to book his trip abroad as he signed a one-year deal with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, a team in Israel.
He left the University of Texas after his freshman year and predictably, Bradley was woefully overmatched last season in very limited minutes during his rookie campaign. He only played 31 games due to ankle surgery but it probably didn't matter since the few times that he played, it was clear that he couldn't keep up with almost any NBA point guards.
Still, Bradley will be Rajon Rondo's backup whenever the NBA comes back and he's only 20-years-old so needless to say, his best days are ahead of him. His defense appears to be ahead of his offensive game so maybe he should focus on that first. Bradley's contract in Israel includes an NBA out which would allow him to return to the Celts when the lockout ends.
Bradley played in the Impact Basketball League in Las Vegas last month and also participated in an all-star game in Seattle. He is from nearby Tacoma, Washington.
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem also features notable American players Luke Jackson (Oregon, Cleveland Cavaliers), Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State), D.J. Strawberry (Maryland) and Brian Randle (Illinois). Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem begins its regular season on Oct. 17.
Best of luck Avery, stay healthy and get better young fella, the Celtics will need you at some point in time.