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Avery Bradley says he's ahead of schedule

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  September 28, 2012 02:48 PM

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WALTHAM -- Earlier this week, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said guard Avery Bradly was "nowhere near ready" to play. At Celtics media day on Friday, Bradley appeared at the podium in uniform for team pictures, but that's the closest he's going to get to the court for awhile.

On doctors' orders, Bradley hasn't touched a basketball since having surgery to repair two dislocated shoulders. He said, "If I touched a basketball I probably would have shot it."

Bradley can't play, but he said he's been showing up to the Celtics facility every day. He can work out but he said there's no timetable on when he can return to the court.

"I've been trying to do too much," said Bradley. "They say I'm months ahead. That makes me feel good."

Bradley said that doctors had targeted January for his return. He thinks he's far ahead of that. He said he won't rush himself back too quickly and sacrifice his health.

"I have to be prepared and strong enough when I do come back," said Bradley. "I feel like I'm letting my teammates down if I rush myself back."

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