Avery Bradley isn't one for many words but he made his message clear on Boston Celtics Media Day -- he is zoned in on basketball.

Following an offseason in which he lost his mother and became a father the soft-spoken guard concentrated on his life on the court not away from it.

"I've just been trying to focus on basketball" he said. "I'm just worrying about this upcoming season just trying to worry about whatever I can do to help this team."

Bradley enters this season with a more increased role than in the past. At only 22 years old he is one of the longest tenured members of the Celtics. He will be called upon to be a consistent contributor a task Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge believes he is capable of fulfilling.

Bradley had a breakthrough sophomore year during the 2011-12 season earning a spot in the starting lineup and showing glimpses into a promising career as a lockdown defender. But injuries cut his run short during the playoffs and he underwent double shoulder surgery. Last season's return wasn't as impactful and Ainge hopes to see the 2012 version of Bradley in the 2013-14 season.

"Last year I think he'd be the first to tell you he didn't play as well as he was capable of playing" said Ainge. "He didn't play as free as he would like to play. I think he's mentally stronger having gone through that and I'm hoping that we'll have the Avery of that second year this year."

Being healthy will help that. Bradley says he feels "amazing right now" when it comes to his shoulders. He also looks forward to participating in the first training camp of his career something that had been prevented by injuries in years past.

Part of being in training camp means being to work with the coaches on the court rather than studying game film with them and walking through drills. Bradley has embraced head coach Brad Stevens who was hired this summer following the departure of Doc Rivers with open arms. The two have already spent hours together in offseason workouts and discussions about hoops.