Turns out, Heat envy was a thing for Bradley dating to his tenure with the Boston Celtics, when Erik Spoelstra’s Big Three rendition of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh provided such compelling competition.
“I think he’s absolutely special, one of the coaches that I’ve admired throughout these years, simply because of the mixture of their culture, and his style of coaching, I think, is extremely unique,” he said of Spoelstra. “He gets the most out of every single player on the court. I feel like the players get better throughout the year, which I think, that’s a great talent to have as a coach. It says a lot about the head coach and his coaching staff, to have players that improve throughout the season.
“I felt like watching Miami play this year, Tyler [Herro] and [Kendrick] Nunn, Duncan Robinson, like they improved throughout the season. I think that’s a credit to the coaching staff, giving them confidence and opportunities to go out there and just play their game and bring their talents every single night. Everyone played for one another. I think that’s just a special gift to have as a coach. I’m so happy I get the opportunity now to finally play for him.”
Bradley offered his thoughts ahead of Thanksgiving, turning 30 on Thursday. He said it’s a birthday that offers perspective.
“It means a lot to me,” he said of the milepost. “Throughout my career, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, losing both parents, being on a lot of teams.
“Going into my 11th season is honestly a blessing. I’m not going to take it for granted at all. That’s why I know this year is going to be good for me, because I’m honestly going to leave everything I have right on the floor every single night.”