NBA players have until today in deciding on whether or not they can commit to the restart of the league that begins on July 30 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney Studio Resorts. Avery Bradley, one of the key guards on the Los Angeles Lakers, will not be committing to the restart because of family issues with his son.
He’s only 29-years-old and Bradley is one of the key defenders on this basketball team. He usually doesn’t start in games, but Avery Bradley is one of the key players off the bench for this team.
Bradley’s absence means that Danny Green and Alex Caruso will play more minutes. This also means that free-agent shooting guard J.R. Smith is the leading candidate to replace Avery Bradley. Smith and LeBron James were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers for a few seasons.
They won an NBA title together in 2016 after they trailed in the series against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors 3-1. Smith was also infamous for that debacle in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals against Golden State for forgetting the score. The Cavs would wind up losing that series.
J.R. Smith is an interesting character. He is 34-years-old. Smith averaged 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1 SPG in just 11 games played and four games started during the 2018-2019 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As for Avery Bradley, he appeared in 49 games this season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bradley averaged 8.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.1 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.
He is the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Lakers bench and his presence will be missed big time on this team.
More to Come?
This is only the first domino to fall when it comes to players opting out. There will be more players potentially opting out. Players do not have to report to their respective training facilities until July 1. The Toronto Raptors already left for Florida. They will be training at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
We will see what happens moving forward since teams are going to be tested almost every day, if not daily for the coronavirus. This was a smart move by Avery Bradley to sit out and no one can criticize him for it. I don’t expect any other players to sit out for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets tested positive for the coronavirus. He is expected back to be in the country from Serbia within a week.
Well, these are tough times and we are going to have to deal with it. You should have no problem with Avery Bradley sitting out games during these tough times. The Los Angeles Lakers (49-14) will still be one of the favorites to win it all this season.
They would face the Memphis Grizzlies (32-33) in the first round of the NBA Playoffs right now. The Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers (44-20), and Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) will be the three favorites to win it all.
This is the first time since the 2012-2013 season they made it to the playoffs. They were swept in the first round that season. Los Angeles is looking to win its first title since the 2009-2010 season. That is where they went back-to-back after they defeated the Boston Celtics in seven games.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking for their glorified 17th title this season. Maybe this will be in honor of the legendary Kobe “Bean” Bryant, who passed away on January, 26 in a tragic plane crash. Well, this would be one emotional story for this franchise if the Los Angeles Lakers won it all this season.
Avery Bradley won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2007-2008. He helped them win a title in six games against the same Los Angeles squad. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could also be an option to replace Bradley.
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