May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT
Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp.
“We’ll probably find out more here in the next few hours, but it’s looking that way,” Ainge said during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “I think these reports are accurate — at least the reports I’ve read. Someone said it was a 90 percent chance that he’s done for the season, and it’s looking that way.”
The surgery is needed to repair small tears that have compromised the structure of his left shoulder, according to a league source.
If you don’t know how much Bradley means to the Celtics, you didn’t watch the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday carve them up in Game 5. Bradley’s defense contained Holiday in the Celtics wins, without Bradley there it was Holiday getting the Sixers enough offense to force a game 7.
Another issue is the recovery time for this could be four months, which means Bradley would miss summer workouts and basically bounce back just in time for training camp. That can stall the development of good young players.
But he’s got to get it right, and that means he is going to have to go under the knife.
- Report: Adidas makes $200 million offer to James Harden 0
- Jahlil Okafor: “Rookie of the Year is one of the goals I set for myself” 14
- Report: Derrick Rose undecided about attending Team USA minicamp 9
- Report: Pacers planning to purchase D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants 4
- Report: Hawks’ Mike Scott told police after arrest all drugs in car were his 17
- NBA lands in Africa trying to put down roots, which is all about youth programs, infrastructure 1
- Report: Kings expected to hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant coach 9
- Report: Hawks’ Mike Scott arrested for felony drug possession 16