Avery Bradley Takes Subtle Shots at Lakers and Heat While Praising His New Team, the Golden State Warriors

Published 10/08/2021, 9:38 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (23), Kevin Durant (35), and Klay Thompson are photographed with their Olympic gold medals during media day on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


NBA and Golden State Warriors star Avery Bradley had high praise for his current franchise and his employers. The Golden State Warriors are currently still undecided on their last 15th spot for their 2020-21 NBA roster. Avery Bradley’s comments about the franchise come in the light of this interesting conundrum for the Warriors.

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Avery Bradley, a 2020 NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, interestingly commented on the quality of Golden State Warriors as compared to other NBA teams. Bradley was with the Miami Heat for a short period of time. He is currently training with the Warriors ahead of the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season. Kerith Burke, who covers the Warriors as a reporter for NBC Sports, presented his comments in a tweet.

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The Warriors are currently in need of a versatile defender capable of withstanding their rival players. Bradley has to presently fight for the last 15th spot on the Warriors roster against the likes of Langston Galloway, Mychal Mulder, Gary Payton ll, and Jordan Bell. In the Warriors 118-106 win over the Denver Nuggets, Bradley had a cameo of 16 minutes. He managed to score only 2 points and racked up one foul against the Nuggets.

Warriors star Stephen Curry praised Bradley recently saying, “Everyone asks who is the toughest defenders you’ve had, he’s the first guy that comes to mind, just because he is relentless, physical, and quick.” When push comes to shove, Bradley might get the nod by the Warriors management over his competitors for the 15th roster spot because of his defensive contributions. His coziness with the Warriors veterans might also help in this regard.

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Can the Warriors return to the playoffs this year?

Steph Curry performed reasonably well by his usual high standards, despite Klay Thompson‘s absence. He averaged 32.0 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He shot 42.1 percent from three-pointers. In some regards, Curry would, as the sole star would, be enough for the Warriors to achieve their goals.

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May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors could be without Klay Thompson until late November or December because of his injury rehabilitation. Klay’s absence provides an opportunity to younger players in the squad like James Wiseman, Jordan Poole, and Jonathan Kuminga. The Warriors could do well with these assets and are capable enough of reaching the playoffs this season.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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