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Avery Bradley at work last season.WALTHAM, Mass. -- A few leftovers after Avery Bradley met with reporters Friday night at the Sports Authority Training Center:
One game makes a difference: After not seeing much action his rookie season, Bradley logged 27 minutes in the regular-season finale against the New York Knicks and produced an encouraging effort in which he scored 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Asked Friday what he takes out of his rookie campaign Bradley said, "I feel like just the confidence. That last game, just the confidence. Not going out there worrying about every time I make a play looking over at Doc. Just that confidence, going out there playing my game, doing what I do. "
Making up for lost time: The ankle injury suffered in a pre-draft workout for the Oklahoma City Thunder might have not only let him slip down the draft board a bit, but it cost him the chance to participate in summer league and training camp during his rookie season. Now the lockout has cost him that time in his sophomore campaign. Asked about the hardest part of the lockout, he said: "Just not playing you know, not playing the game that you love. And for me not getting a chance to play summer league, not getting a chance to play and get better like I need to do... I missed out on a lot, but all I can do is continue to try to get better and once the season starts just keep working hard to try to get better even though I missed that time."
Going overseas during lockout: After initially staying stateside at the start of the lockout, Bradley finally trekked to Israel in early October. It didn't quite go as smoothly as he might have liked. "I played three [games] and I had to leave," he said. "They weren’t trying to let me. But fortunately I got out. But those games that I did play, it was a good experience for me. I enjoyed my time over there, and I learned a lot from the coach over there." Bradley knew he had to get some action once the lockout lingered. "I know I needed to play," he said. "One thing that I told my agent was that I need to play. So if it’s an overseas job, I’m taking it."