New Celtic Bradley Set To Undergo Surgery

by June 27, 2010

It’s kind of an ominous sign when a freshly drafted player undergoes surgery before ever donning an NBA jersey, no? Anyway, the Boston Globe has more: “There are a number of things Avery Bradley needs to do before he ever takes the floor for the Celtics — the most urgent being surgery on an ankle he severely sprained during a draft workout. But yesterday, after making the quick turnaround after being taken with the 19th pick in the draft, he walked through his new team’s practice facility and took it all in. ‘I was just excited to get on the plane and land in Boston,’ said Avery. ‘Right when it landed, that’s when it hit me that my dream came true. I’m going to get a chance to play for one of the best teams in the NBA.’ It will be weeks, however, before he’ll actually get to the playing part. Bradley’s injury will keep him out of summer league, which starts July 5. The 19-year-old guard may not be ready for another six weeks at the earliest. Bradley sprained his ankle June 13 working out for Oklahoma, causing him to miss four workouts. ‘Right now just looking to get back and get ready so I can start training camp,’ Bradley said. On draft night, Celtics president Danny Ainge said he was surprised to see Bradley slip so far, but acknowledged the injury might have been one of the reasons. Ainge said the rookie would have surgery and rehab in Boston. ‘Avery will need a scope of his ankle,’ Ainge said. ‘It will be about six weeks. He’ll probably say three weeks, but probably six to eight weeks but he’ll be 100 percent by training camp.’”