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Video: Avery Bradley can steal the ball and tie his shoes at the same time, almost

Apr 21, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith AP

OK, this is just nuts.

Avery Bradley‘s shoelaces came untied Friday night against the Hawks. So he stopped to tie them while the Hawks were bringing the ball up-court. And then he made a steal. In the middle of tying his shoes. What in good gravy is that?

That takes a crazy amount of concentration to read the pass while you’re trying to tie your shoes. Bradley has gone from being a fringe rookie last year who may not have stuck or could easily have been sent out at the trade deadline to a starter-caliber combo-guard with brilliant defensive skills. You want to know the value of getting drafted late into a good team? Look no further than what Doc Rivers has managed to do with Bradley.

So I’m betting he can walk and chew gum at the same time.

  1. trevormcnamara - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Hows it hard to walk and chew gum at the same time?

  2. senorpapino - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Bradley has been a good player since Allen went down earlier. He and Rondo are a solid core to transition from once the big 3 leave soon.

  3. bdl502 - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    It looked to me like he was pretending to tie his shoe to encourage a pass. Good play either way.

  4. redbullenergydrink - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I’ve watched several games with Avery Bradley this season and he is the real deal. Hello Bradley and good bye Allen!

  5. legeisyaj - Apr 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    And, seemingly, a good kid too. Keep him. Keep Doc. Keep moving fwd.

  6. storebrandcookies - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    I like this kid, has great on-ball defense and shows that hunger you can’t teach to players. He was a second round selection but he would have gone higher if he didn’t have a hand injury before the draft. He is a key piece in Boston’s future for sure

    • storebrandcookies - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      Scratch that, he was a first round selection. You can tell I don’t follow a lot of Celtic ball.

  7. lakerade - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    His real worth will be shown next yr, unless allen gets injured in the playoffs

  8. abchome - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Most often, opportunity is all you need!

  9. kacapaco - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The kid is a real deal. He is not Allen by any means, but in proper system he is on way up. With RR, Bradley, Bass and 2 first round picks, the Celtics are in good position to compete in the now & in the future.

  10. bigdaddycool50 - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Avery Bradley was the best defensive player in all of basketball (Pro-College) when he was a senior in high school.
    He has incredible springs and is a fierce competitor and has a long career ahead of him!

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