Boston media are starting to draw a parallel between Avery Bradley of the Celtics and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox.
As we know, both men suffered rather painful shoulder dislocation this season. For Bradley it happens every other game, keeping him off the court for almost fifteen or twenty minutes.
Jacoby had one dislocation and has been out for two months. He is expected to be out for most of the season.
Running bases is obviously harder than bumping into tall guys while running up and down the floor repeatedly.
What then is the difference between the recovery periods needed for Avery and Jacoby? We have discovered the secret reason that the Red Sox and Celtics want to keep to themselves for obvious reasons.
Jacoby Ellsbury has Scott Boras as an agent.
Yes, Boras would not let Jacoby play two years ago with a couple of cracked ribs, and now he refuses permission to the Red Sox to threaten the career and financial remuneration that the centerfielder may bring his agent in the future.
The obvious solution is for Avery to hire Boras as his agent to protect his interests.
Pain is a personal matter, and some players cannot tolerate much of it. Of course, some players prefer to have an athlete with fortitude on his team.
As far as this situation is concerned, the Red Sox don't need to worry much about Ellsbury. He'll be gone to a West Coast team as soon as Boras has a chance.
Avery is now Rondo's dinner companion on the road. He'll be with the Celtics for years to come (or at least till Rondo moves on).