Bradley gets up shots in Turkey

October, 3, 2012
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesCeltics guard Avery Bradley is progressing from double shoulder surgery.
Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley engaged in some light shooting before the team's practice Wednesday in Istanbul, an encouraging step in his rehab from double shoulder surgery.

Celtics in-arena reporter Molly McGrath Tweeted from practice that Bradley, "said that he feels great, has no pain in his shoulders, and has progressed much faster than expected."

Back on media day, Bradley said he tore "everything" in his left shoulder and had some damage to clean up in his right, prompting surgery for both sides a couple months apart. Bradley noted then that, "I can’t say when I’m going to come back, there’s no timetable. I’m just taking it day by day, not trying to rush myself, just trying to get stronger every day."

Bradley joked Friday that he hadn't picked up a basketball yet because he would have shot it and likely hurt himself. But doctors have evidently given him the OK to resume light shooting. Before the trip, Bradley was optimistic about his recovery.

"At first they said I was coming back in January, now they say I’m months ahead," said Bradley. "That makes me feel good, that I’m making progress."

The Celtics entered camp with Bradley the only real injury concern. Backup big man Chris Wilcox took a rough hit during Saturday's practice and has been held out in recent sessions. Reports from Turkey indicate he is battling a back strain.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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