The Celtics did a lot to revamp their backcourt, and could possibly have one of the deepest backcourts in the game Doc Rivers certainly thinks so anyways.
Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are joined by newcomers Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, with Ray Allen heading to South Beach. But Bradley won't be able to compete with the rest of the team when training camp kicks off in about a week.
In fact, he won't be able to compete for a few months.
Rivers tells ESPNBoston.com that Bradley is "not even close" to returning, and won't be back before December. "There's a chance it could be closer to January," he said.
Bradley had surgery on both of his shoulders one during the postseason, the other over the summer and as you can imagine, hasn't been able to do much. Bradley dislocated his shoulder on numerous occasions over last season, but tried his best to overcome the pain.
At just 21 years old, Bradley looks to have a big part in the Celtics backcourt plans down the road once he's healthy. Assuming Rondo, Lee, and Terry stay healthy, the C's can afford to take their time with Bradley.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.
Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.
Irving replied with a lewd suggestion.
After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.
“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.
In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.
“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”