Bradley on the mend

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Celtics rookie Avery Bradley is walking again after undergoing a scope on his injured left ankle last month and has been working at the team's practice facility in Waltham each day trying to get back on the court as quick as possible.

"I"m just trying to recover," said Bradley, the Texas guard selected at No. 19 in this year's draft. "I'm doing rehab, lifting weights, trying to get back as fast as possible. It's been real good. I'm able to walk now. I'm getting better every single day."

Bradley, the son of a retired military man, joined Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca and president Rich Gotham Thursday morning in West Roxbury for the dedication of the 45th Fisher House, providing free temporary lodging for the families of veterans and wounded military personnel as they undergo medical treatment and rehabilitation.

He admitted it's been a frustrating summer enduring the first real injury of his basketball career. Bradley sprained his left ankle working out for the Oklahoma City Thunder in mid-June and that might have contributed to him sliding to the Celtics on draft day. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on July 2, the same day he inked his rookie deal with Boston.

"It's real frustrating, just the injury itself," said Bradley. "I've never been injured before, so having to sit out and not being able to play [in the summer league] was hard for me."

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