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"It gave me confidence to play and it let me know that I deserved to be in the NBA," he said. "When...

"It gave me confidence to play and it let me know that I deserved to be in the NBA," he said. "When my ankle was hurt, I was like man I’m not playing, I’m nervous to even play, nervous to hurt yourself. That’s how you feel. Then once I went to the D-League I was confident in myself, like, ‘Ok, I am as good as I thought I was.’ It made me feel a lot better then and the team I was playing on in the D-League, it was great. When I got there it was like they didn’t look at me like I’m coming in there -- we all wanted to get each other better. We all want to see each other succeed, so I went to the perfect team." "I just think after I came back from the D-League, I was a different person," Bradley said. "Not to say I wasn’t already working hard, but I took it to another level. Even my teammates could see that, like I was going hard. I just started feeling more comfortable, not worrying about mistakes. And at the same time you’re still a rookie so you’re going to make mistakes. I was just going into practice like, ‘Man, this is how I've got to prove myself. I’ve got to go in here and make my teammates better every day.’ That was my focus. If I'm not playing, I’m going to help my teammates get better every day."

Avery Bradley, speaking on his time in the D-League, with Jessica Camerato.
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