Rivers said an official even asked about Bradley’s shoulders during the Golden State game.
“[The referee] said, ‘I had one shoulder done and I was out six months and I still feel bad.’ I said, ‘That’s why you’re an official,’ ” Rivers said with a laugh.
Given how Bradley has played point guard in Rondo’s absence, his stock has increased exponentially.
A Western Conference scout said that around the trade deadline, Bradley was considered one of the top three backup point guards in the league, along with Bledsoe and Golden State’s Jarrett Jack.
“He’s just so smart,” the scout said. “And he plays phenomenal defense.”
And for Bradley, that style of defense is his preferred style of leadership — actions, not words.
“You don’t want to follow anybody you don’t respect,” he said. “I feel like when my teammates see how I leave everything out on the floor, and give my all, it kind of makes them follow me.”