Bradley: ‘Ray (Allen) was a great tutor’
Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley showered former teammate Ray Allen with praise Tuesday for the veteran’s role in developing his offensive skills over the past two seasons.
Bradley carved out a reserve spot in the rotation last season based on his defensive talents, but he credited Allen with helping his offensive skills emerge, which culminated when Bradley moved into the starting lineup — taking Allen’s spot — late in the 2011-12 campaign.
“Ray was a great tutor,” said Bradley, who struggled with his ability to generate offense early in his NBA career but blossomed last season as he became more confident in his jump shot.
“I’m sad that he’s gone, but we all wish the best for him. But he definitely meant a lot. He helped me out every single day. Sometimes I’d just be working out and he’d be watching on the side. He’d get up and tell me what I needed to work on, or tell me how I can be more consistent. I really thank him for that.”