‘Crazy’ to think Bradley’s with an­other new team

Boston Herald - - NBA/NHL SCOREBOARD/RACING - By MARK MUR­PHY Twit­ter: @Murf56

CELTICS NOTE­BOOK

It’s al­most funny, when Avery Bradley thinks about it.

After form­ing an im­por­tant part of the Celtics’ core last sea­son, and get­ting dealt away dur­ing the sum­mer, he, Isa­iah Thomas and Jae Crow­der were all traded again in the mael­strom lead­ing up to last Thurs­day’s league trade dead­line.

Now Bradley is back with his first NBA coach, Doc Rivers. The two are paired up again with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

“Yeah, it’s crazy, but again it’s part of the busi­ness, man,” Bradley said be­fore the Clip­pers beat the Celtics, 129-119, last night at the Gar­den. “Ob­vi­ously that’s the fo­cus right now be­cause we were all here, but it hap­pens to a lot of guys and all you can do is ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery sit­u­a­tion that you’re in and move for­ward and try to make the best out of the next sit­u­a­tion that you’re in.”

Bradley also seems to have emerged with­out trans­ac­tion whiplash.

“Umm, you know what? I think the hard­est was the first time, mov­ing to Detroit,” he said of last sum­mer’s C’s swap with the Pistons for Mar­cus Mor­ris. “But the sec­ond time it was just like, ‘OK, this is part of the busi­ness. This is how it goes. I just need to get my hel­met, get my lunch pail, and get ready for the next team.’ That was my mind­set, right when I got to Clip­pers I was ready to work. First prac­tice we brought it, we were com­pet­ing.”

Time to be Smart

When Mar­cus Smart ap­peared on the court after Tues­day’s prac­tice in Waltham, freely shoot­ing with his heal­ing right hand, Celtics man­age­ment knew it didn’t have to wait much longer for his re­turn.

Smart missed his 11th game last night since suf­fer­ing a 20-stitch gash while punch­ing a ho­tel pic­ture frame in Los An­ge­les be­tween games against the Lak­ers and Clip­pers. A year ear­lier, he had punched a hole in the locker room wall.

There’s al­ways been a fine line be­tween pas­sion and anger with Smart, but ac­cord­ing to coach Brad Stevens, it’s about time he learned how to har­ness his emo­tions.

“You have to be able to man­age that,” Stevens said yes­ter­day. “I think there’s plenty of ex­am­ples of that and it’s part of his growth process, but he’ll grow in that area. But you have to be able to man­age that.”

Stevens would only say that the mat­ter was han­dled “in­ter­nally” when asked if the team de­cided to dis­ci­pline Smart.

“We talked,” Stevens said. “We all had our own in­di­vid­ual con­ver­sa­tions and that will con­tinue. Col­lec­tively we said the same thing we’ve said pub­licly. Ul­ti­mately we need Mar­cus to be re­ally good for us, and to not be avail­able the last cou­ple of weeks put every­one else in a tough spot. But we’ve moved on from that and we’re look­ing for­ward to get­ting him back next week.

“We clearly need him on our team, and the other part is hav­ing an­other ball­han­dler, whether Shane (Larkin) or Mar­cus, helps take the load off of Terry (Rozier) and Kyrie (Irv­ing).

Most en­cour­ag­ing, ac­cord­ing to Stevens, is that Smart is ex­pected to be ready to par­tic­i­pate in prac­tice when the Celtics re­group in Waltham fol­low­ing this week­end’s All­Star break.

“He’ll be ready to prac­tice full on Wed­nes­day. That’s what the doc­tors think,” Stevens said.

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