Former Boston Celtics guard: I passed ball to Larry Bird, he never passed it back

charles-bradley-celticsMontana Tech’s new athletic director, former NBA player Charles Bradley said his goal is make the Oredigger athletic programs recognized on a “national level”, MTStandard reported.

Bradley said recently during a news conference that he will use his years of experience as a professional basketball player, coach and businessman to help make Montana Tech’s athletic department shine.

Bradley is replacing Joe McClafferty, who served as the AD since 2006 but recently transitioned into the role of vice chancellor.

“It (the athletic program) is definitely on the way up and we are in the process of going to another level,” Bradley said.

Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter officially introduced Bradley to a crowd of media, Tech coaches and staff at the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center that afternoon. Blackketter presented him with a Montana Tech with a No. 42 Montana Tech basketball jersey with Bradley’s name on the back.

Blackketter said he knew Bradley was the right man for the job and was an “outstanding coach with outstanding character.”

Describing himself as a goal-setter, Bradley said his goal is to take Montana Tech success from the regional level to the national level. The plan is to work hard in recruiting quality student athletes and getting the funding and resources to make the program attractive to them.

Bradley said it wasn’t a difficult decision for him and his wife, Suzanne, to agree to come to Butte. Though he didn’t know much about the Mining City, he said Montana Tech made him feel welcome.

“When I came here to Montana Tech, I felt I was wanted here,” he said.

Bradley played his first two seasons with the Boston Celtics, averaging 3.0 ppg and 3.6 ppg respectively in 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. Then he went to the Seattle Supersonics team, where he played only 8 games, averaging 1.4 ppg.

In total, Bradley played in 110 NBA games (6 started), averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.1 rpg in 8.3 minutes on the court.

He went on to coach at the college level for 16 years and worked in executive positions in the business sector. It’s this background that Bradley said he plans to bring to his new job.

“I’ve always been a hard worker, and when I work, I work smart,” he said.

Recalling his playing days with the Boston Celtics, Bradley joked about being a teammate of Basketball hall-of-famer Larry Bird.

“Larry was my teammate. I passed the ball to him and he never passed it back,” Bradley said.



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