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Avery Bradley to have shoulder surgery, will miss start of season; Celtics to pursue Courtney Lee

Jul 8, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith AP

Perhaps you are confused, after Avery Bradley had shoulder surgery during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Yeah, he has to have the other one done. Not good.

CSN New England reports that Bradley will have surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and the injury will keep him out for the start of the season.

That’s going to deal a major blow to the Celtics to start the year, as Bradley has been inserted as the starting shooting guard in a two-point-guard lineup that allows him to focus on defense while Rondo aggressively attacks the offense. It gives them a firebug to get out in transition, something they kind of need with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brontosaurus-ing up and down the floor. Bradley also functions as backup point guard. Without him, the Celtics will have to start Jason Terry at shooting guard.

They’re exploring Courtney Lee per ESPN, and that will help with bench scoring and athleticism, but Bradley is a major part of the Celtics’ future.  Having to move pieces around like that is a problem. Maybe more concerning is the number of shoulder injuries that Bradley is dealing with. He would get back on the floor in the playoffs, have the shoulder pop out, miss a few games, come back. He took a ton of wear and tear on those joints throughout the course of the year before finally shutting it down.

The Celtics’ old guys are healthy, and their young guys have health concerns. So bizarre.

  1. diabloryno - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    “something they kind of need with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett brontosaurus-ing up and down the floor.” HAHAHAHA. good one.

  2. miamatt - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    But wait, can’t the Celtics just start Ray… oh, right.

  3. dgbk - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    it is best to get everything fixed now. he will play a few games look like he was in pain then need to sit. im sure the celtics rather him come back healthy in december than miss time in the spring.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Cs need a back up point guard. Rondo plays too many minutes.

  5. truthhurtstoo - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    it’s not easy being green.

    • hojo20 - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Thanks Kermie.

  6. dal24la - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Don’t see why C Lee wud want to play there since he wud be stuck behind Bradley and Terry at the SG position and PP and Jeff Green at the SF…

    • andyhr17 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:46 AM

      You statement loses all credibility when you spell “would” as “wud” two times in one sentence.

      • dal24la - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        I was typing in a rush, so i reverted to my twitter shortened spelling.
        Get over it.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        I see. Those extra two letters per word would really have you running later.

        #thisisnottwitter

  7. infectorman - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    glad to see Ray go.
    He was a hot & cold as they come for a sharp shooter.
    How many times did I see him drive the baseline, be unable to get off a shot, leave his feet and chuck a desperation pass to the other team? Far too many…
    We’ll live

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