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He’s the definition of a true professional,” said teammate Courtney Lee. “He comes in, works hard, gets the job done. And off the court you don’t hear too much from him. He’s just the definition of a professional.”
“Brandon just wants to be a basketball player,” said head coach Doc Rivers. “He’s into it. He doesn’t show — you’re never going to see the great emotion. Jeff [Green]‘s a little bit like that. But that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Everyone’s not going to be emotional, and you don’t really want everybody emotional.”
I don’t know about you guys, but one of the most shocking things in last year’s playoffs was Brandon Bass talking at the podium. I swear I hadn’t heard his voice the entire year and I didn’t realize it until then. That’s how little he talks… how much he shies away from the spotlight.
It’s easy to forget Bass in the starting line up. You’ve got Rondo doing spectacular things most nights, Avery Bradley wows you with his defense, and KG and Pierce are always focal points. Even when going through all of the previews that are starting to trickle out, no one mentions him as a key player.
Of course, you can argue that they’re all key players on this team. This starting five, even with Courtney Lee is there instead of Bradley, is going to be a cohesive, 5-man unit that can get a contribution from anywhere on any given night. But Bass can be a huge help, especially if his renewed focus on rebounding pans out.
“I just think just going after it more, just making it a point to be a better rebounder. It starts there,” Bass explained. “And then not let little guards run up behind me and take my rebounds. I got three taken from me each game. But, for the most part, just making it a point to go after every rebound, and rebounding will take care of itself.
“You’ve got to look at a person like Kevin Garnett, who you can tell, the way he plays, that he thinks about defense-rebound-run, first, and then he thinks about everything else, and then he ended up with 20 and 10. It’s just simple as a thought, just putting that thought in your head, just like he does. So that’s what I want to implement into my game.”
A hard rebounding Brandon Bass will change things a lot of the Celtics. Even if it’s a those three rebounds a game he’s talking about, then he’d be a near double-double guy every night. How huge would that be to have on the floor?
Side note: There goes KG again… inspiring more people to be better. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Speaking of being positive about stuff… I did a little work for SheridanHoops.com this week. Please check out my five reasons to be positive about the Celtics season. If you have more reasons (and I know there are, but I was limited to five) put them in the comments on SheridanHoops.com.
And… oh… what the hell… one more positive thing before the links: Check out Paul Pierce’s tweet today.
Being together builds chemistry this is the start twitter.com/paulpierce34/s…
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) October 3, 2012
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Lee ready to play his under the radar game in Boston | Celtics on schedule to be ready for first exhibition | Celtics fight sleep to practice in Turkey | Celtics lean on new Big 4 as they take flight | ESPN Boston: From NBA to broke | Celtics hold first practice in Turkey | WEEI: What we learned from Celtics camp | Where do the walking wounded stand? | Herald: Bleary eyed Celtics open practice in Turkey | Turkey a new world | Added security helps play it safe | Kevin Garnett talks Turkey with Fab Melo | Globe: Celtics get right to work