Avery Bradley made the wrong kind of history Friday night. The veteran logged 21 minutes in the Lakers’ loss to Phoenix, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his box score. That’s a whole lot of nothing right there.
Accomplishing that little in that amount of time is actually hard to do. In fact, in the NBA’s 75 years of existence, it’s only happened a handful of times. Bradley joins Pat Connaughton, Tony Snell (who became a meme in the process), Andre Roberson, Hollis Thompson, Ryan Gomes, John Salmons, Warren Kidd, T.R. Dunn, Glen Rice and Walter McCarty as one of 11 players to not record a single statistic in at least 20 minutes of court time.
Essentially, Bradley, now in his second stint with the Lakers, was just out there running. With how little impact he had on the game, he may as well have been on a treadmill. Known for his defensive prowess, the 6’3” guard can disappear at times, a trait that tends to manifest itself in paltry stat lines like this.
Now very much in the journeyman phase of his career, no one is expecting double-digit points from Bradley. But you’d think he’d at least luck into a chance rebound or two, or maybe find one of his All-Star teammates (between LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, he has plenty to choose from) under the hoop for an open layup. Of course, if the Lakers want to shell out $2.6 million for Bradley to run laps around the gym every night, that’s their prerogative.
Friday was a tough night all around for the Lakers, who not only fell to 0-2, but also had to break up a fight on their own sideline with Davis and Dwight Howard getting feisty on the bench.
The struggling Lakers will look for answers when they host Memphis Sunday night at Staples Center.