NEWPORT, R.I. – On the eve of his first training camp, Avery Bradley was a little nervous.
“I probably woke up at, like, 6 this morning. I was excited,” said Bradley, who later admitted to having a few jitters during the morning practice.
Bradley is entering his fourth season, but this is his first training camp, as health issues and the NBA lockout limited him in previous ones.
And during the sessions, he played point guard, a role he’ll likely fill while Rajon Rondo is out, recovering from knee surgery.
Bradley said that while there was plenty that was new on the first day of practice, coach Brad Stevens made him and the other players feel comfortable.
“The plays that I run, it’s kind of like I play point guard, but everybody makes plays for each other,” he said.
When comparing it with last season, Bradley said the two systems are different.
“It’s everybody,” he said. “Everybody is interchangeable. It’s a lot different. I’m not the one always initiating the offense.”
Bradley also enters camp coming off some recent emotional events: the birth of his first son, Avery Bradley III, and the death of his mother.
Bradley described being a father as “amazing.”
When asked if basketball was a sort of therapy for him following his mother’s death, he said, “It’s always been therapy.”