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Over at the Boston Herald, Mark Murphy has an excellent feature on Rajon Rondo and the impact he believes Avery Bradley will have in his return to the Celtics.From the Herald:“A couple of guys last year had things to say,” [Rondo] said. “It’s kind of funny. (Bradley) would finally get out of the game, and I would come in, and they would almost seem relieved — I don’t know if that was an insult to me, or just a credit to the defensive player that he is.”Perhaps Rondo’s good humor is stoked by one absolute belief concerning Bradley.“We’re going to be a completely different team, just with one player coming back,” said Rondo, whose frustration and desire for a change in the Celtics’ 13-13 start couldn’t be more feverish.And then there’s this corollary to the last comment: “I think (Bradley is) the X Factor. He’s going to be the key to why we win the championship. He brings a lot to the team in terms of intangibles, the way he cuts offensively. His pressure defensively is going to raise everyone else’s pressure. His defense is going to make us a lot better.”Rondo is an incredibly confident player, sometimes in the face of all logic. He has, for example, taken nearly twice as many 3-pointers per 36 minutes this season while averaging nearly the exact same percentage as last season. He has somewhat brashly called the Celtics the best team in the league before. And here, he says that the Celtics WILL win the championship, and it will be because of Avery Bradley.Celtics fans are, of course, looking for something, anything, that we can hang our “We are still contenders” hats on, and those of us who aren’t advocating for a trade are draped all over the “Wait until Bradley comes back” hat-rack. There was such a notable improvement last year when Bradley returned (and when Kevin Garnett moved to center) that we can’t help but believe that the C’s might be able to turn themselves around upon his return. Rondo seems to share that belief.It’s also worth noting that although Rondo is confident, he rarely raves about other players the way he does about Bradley here. Rondo is funny and candid, but also extremely complimentary talking about both Bradley’s defensive intensity (and the way it will affect his teammates) and his ability to cut to the basket, an asset Rondo is undoubtedly anticipating impatiently. One can only set up so many jumpers for teammates before one wishes for surer assists, you know.We will have much more on the impending return of Avery Bradley, but just know that Rajon Rondo couldn’t be more excited.Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.
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Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kris Joseph and Courtney Lee play a game of 2-on-2 before Friday's game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Rondo and Bradley took turns guarding one another. This is a great sight. Bradley is looking good. I wouldn't be surprised to see him return on Christmas day, personally. Thanks to Mike Petraglia for the video...
Well this isn't the type of news we want on Christmas morning (or early Christmas afternoon). According to rotoworld, Avery Bradley will not join the C's on their four game road trip, which just tipped off against the Nets. From the article,
Bradley won't join the C's on their Western road trip, which is when many had thought he'd be making his return. Instead...
Rajon Rondo is scheduled to be handing out dimes to his Celtics teammates on Christmas Day, but that didn’t stop him from spreading the holiday cheer to others this Christmas season.
Rondo played Santa Claus a few days early this Saturday, heading to the Blue Hills Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester, Mass., where he handed out bicycles and played Connect Four with the local children...
Avery Bradley was first cleared to practice with the team in Chicago. Bradley had already been playing one-on-one with former Celtic Keyon Dooling who is now the player development coach. He has also had coaches set screens on him which forced him to fight through the screens to test his shoulders.
He had a good practice and afterwards had no setbacks or pain in his surgically...
Avery Bradley's scheduled return was to be January 2nd. However, after participating in his second full practice yesterday, the Boston Celtics could have him back as early as tomorrow. Bradley has been recovering from double shoulder surgery, but he looks ready to go. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Bradley reported his return date as being January 2nd, but...
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Brandon Jennings said that he and Rajon Rondo probably would have fought during Friday's game if not for the prospect of being fined.
Doc Rivers Says Avery Bradley Will Not Accompany Team on West Coast Trip In Doc Rivers’ pre-game session with the media, he told them that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who has been recovering from double-shoulder surgery, will return in Boston against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 2nd. Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe [...]
Rajon Rondo spent the early part of this season stalking Magic Johnson‘s record of 46 straight games with double-digit assists. Rondo took the streak so seriously he allowed himself to be kept in the game into the final minute of a loss in Detroit just to notch that decisive 10th assist to keep his run alive.
Rondo’s streak eventually ended at 37 games, which tied John Stockton...
During the rest of the year, Rajon Rondo spends his time slapping around Kris Humphries.
But during Christmas, Rondo becomes Santa and hands out bikes and toys to the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club.
Boy, does he do it all.
Brandon Jennings and Rajon Rondo likely won’t be exchanging Christmas presents anytime soon, but they were exchanging unpleasentries on Friday night, which almost led to a fight.
The Bucks’ point guard said he almost fought Rondo, but had second thoughts because of the fines he would incur. Rondo bumped Jennings during the first quarter, and the two had some words.
I want to take this time to wish everyone in Celtics Nation a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. I hope we all get a win over the Nets for a Christmas gift (along with a helping of Avery Bradley).
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According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics have signed center Jarvis Varnado of the Sioux Falls NBA D-League team.
The Boston Celtics are signing forward Jarvis Varnado of Sioux Falls in the D-League, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA)
Varnado has made his presence known in the NBA D-League averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds...
Here’s part of my afternoon Twitter exchange with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
I’m intrigued by this deal. Pau Gasol would be a huge help to Kevin Garnett, the Celtics jump shot centric offense and (lack of ) rebounding.
I’d hate to give up a decade of Avery Bradley for 3 years of Gasol. And a move like this is extremely short-sighted. But I really believe Gasol could...
Enterprise News Magic Johnson has high praise for pair of Celtics – Magic Johnson compliments both Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce, calling Rondo “the best all-around’’ point guard in the league. Boston Herald Rajon Rondo points to Avery Bradley’s pressure - Rondo praises his teammate, Avery Bradley, dishes on his recovery, and explains his importance to the team. Sadly [...]
Boston Globe Celtics’ Chris Wilcox could miss a month with a thumb injury – Gary Washburn discusses Wilcox’s situation, as well as other notes from yesterday’s practice. Boston Herald Avery close call – Mark Murphy tells us that Avery Bradley may possibly return as early as this week. ESPN Boston C’s want to stay big when [...]