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Bass refuses to comment about potential bench role

Chuck - Red's Army October 12, 2012 Brandon Bass, Celtics News 17 Comments

Doc Rivers’ admission that he’s tinkering with the starting lineup has been the focal point of Celtics news this week. It started with talk that Jared Sullinger could see time with the starters and Brandon Bass aligning with the second unit.

After today’s practice, Bass didn’t want to elaborate on the possibility:

Bass on potentially coming off of the bench this season: “I have no comment on that question. No comment. We’re going to keep getting better every day. We have to get better as a team, and I think Doc will make the best decision for the team.”

A “no comment” generally comes with some level of frustration, but I’m not willing to go that far with Bass. I don’t expect a professional athlete to be thrilled about losing a starting job. It’s just a matter of how far he’ll take his unhappiness (see Ray Allen, 2012).

The Celtics play the Knicks Saturday night in Hartford. Doc’s made it clear this game is about Boston and not NY:

“It’s preseason. I don’t think we’ve mentioned the Knicks one time,” said Rivers. “We’ll talk about them a little bit tomorrow, since we’re playing them. But, I’m more worried about us. If this was a regular season game, obviously today we would have went over their sets and all that, but this is preseason, so we’re worried about us right now.”

No one outside of NY mentions the Knicks, either. Except for the occasional national blowhard analyst. The Knicks are the definition of irrelevant.

Zing…

Update: Amare Stoudemire might miss Saturday’s game with a sore knee.

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  • Matt W

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. Who is going to be our starting 4 if not Bass?

    • Drew

      Exactly my point. People are getting waaaay too caught up with Jered Sullinger at the moment. The kid hasn’t logged an NBA minute and everyone wants to throw him under the bus and make room for the post machine/rebounding monster rookie.

      • 17rings

        No one’s making sullinger out to be an all-star, but it is pretty clear he’ll be a more effective rebounder than bass. Plus look at some of the other bigs the c’s have started since perk.. Krstic, Semih, etc.. Sullinger is at least as good as them already. KG & Bass rebounding aint cutting it.. it won’t hurt to give the rook a chance. Plus whatever Doc decides, celts fans should trust.

        • Drew

          No one is making Sullinger out to be an all star? He’s already on pace to be on some sort of preconceived 1st team all century defensive team and the most dominant post move since the “dream shake”. Let the kid log a minute in the NBA. I’m more excited about Lee and Terry at the moment. People jerk off rookies WAY too much on this blog. It’s sickening.

    • LA Flake

      This year’s team is no last year’s team. Bass needs to let get over it and embrace Ubuntu. We have a guy named KG who can play the 4 with Milicic at the 5. Or we can put JGreen into the starting lineup and move KG to center. Or Sullinger or Chris Wilcox starts at the 4. All these options are way better than Bass starting at the 4 spot.

      Bass is a one-dimensional player. He can hit the mid-range jumper but he has one of the lowest basketball IQs on the team. When was the last time you said, “That was a smart play by Bass!” Me neither. He makes the game harder than it has to be. Never anticipates, never passes, never cuts, can’t run the floor well, never boxes out, doesn’t rebound, doesn’t think, switches late, drops passes in the paint, reacts late, can’t post up Nate Robinson, gets beat, bites on pump fakes…All our other options at the 4 can shoot and do other things, like passing, rebounding, running, catching, attacking, defending…

      I’m not a hater. Bass is just not that good and can’t be counted on when it matters. Shit. He made me miss Big Baby during the playoffs last year. That’s baaad.

      • Eddy Allen Powe

        Big baby disappeared in the 2011 playoffs. He stopped drawing charges or doing any of the things he did in the 09 playoffs. You’re too harsh on Bass, he had a 27 pt playoff game against the Sixers. At one point he outscored their entire team. Give him a full 82 game season to improve. Knowing his starter status is optional will drive him to improve his rebounding and maybe average an assist or 2. Doc wants his guys to kick each others asses in practice.

        • LA Flake

          HE PLAYED one good GAME OUT OF 20! ONE!!!

          • MJ

            As opposed to Glen Davis who had no good games in 2011? Who admitted he just lost himself at THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME?! You’d prefer someone who contributes nothing to the team as opposed to someone who atleast gives something?!

            And Bass had one SPECTACULAR game. He had several relatively good games throughout the 2012 playoffs. If you’re expecting 20 points a game then you’re bound for disappointment.

            And please don’t tell me you’re a Glen davis fanboy who underrates the hell out of Glen’s problems and over-exaggerates Bass’ inefficiencies, because if that’s the case, don’t root for the C’s.

          • LA Flake

            Replying to MJ below:
            Are you a moron? Where does it say I want Big Baby back? This is 2012-2013, you idiot. We have Jeff Green, Sully, Wilcox AND KG who are ALL WAAAAY better than a one trick pony that is Bass.

          • Alex

            LA Flake, can you actually discuss sports without sounding like a prick? MJ is giving his valid reasons, personally I’d rather have Bass than Big Baby. Bass has a cool head, while Big Baby had lots of mental issues. Bass can actually shoot the ball, Big Baby got worse at it. Didn’t I read somewhere that Bass is a VERY strong 1 on 1 defender?

            Bass is a good player. Is he starter material, not really, but he’s very serviceable. The way you make it sound like, you are making him as if he is the worst player in the squad.

            Not sure what Bass did to you. I do apologize if he shat in your cereal.

  • MVP

    This dude # almost stayed the same from when he was a bench player in Orlando and to last year that he started in Boston. The only reason he started is cuz we had no bigs. But he is good at that pick n pop ill admit that but if he buff hurt abt not starting ill say trade his ass

  • Jam

    Here we go again with the drama, starter minutes and rotation. I hope Bass has a strong personality unlike Ray Allen, because I’m sure the Celtics don’t need friction among the players especially going into the new season.

    As far as the Knicks, c’mon who takes them serious? I live in NY, I get the MSG network and they’ve hired Wally Szczerbiak as a commentator. They’ve (MSG Network) also have been playing promo’s for tomorrow’s preseason watch up against the Celtics, labeling in it as “heated rivalry”. Really?

    I laughed hard when I saw the NYK/BOS promo. Look, just because these two TEAMS have played competitively the past 2 seasons doesn’t necessarily qualify as a rivalry. lol

    • Jam

      Here we go again with the drama, starter minutes and rotations. I hope Bass has a strong personality unlike Ray Allen, because I’m sure the Celtics don’t need friction among the players especially going into the new season.

      As far as the Knicks, c’mon who takes them serious? I live in NY and I get the MSG network and they’ve hired Wally Szczerbiak as a commentator. They’ve (MSG Network) also have been playing promos for tomorrow’s preseason match up against the Celtics, labeling it as “heated rivalry”. Really?

      I laughed hard when I saw the NYK/BOS promo. Look, just because these two TEAMS have played each other competitively the past 2 seasons doesn’t necessarily qualify as a rivalry. Lol

  • Brick James

    Perhaps he was coached to respond this way. Don’t put pressure unduly on the rook.

    Personally I have no issue with his response. Let’s see how it plays out over time.

  • Big George

    Yeah, Bass needs to focus on helping the team not being overly concerned with being a starter. He started only due to injury. I tire of watching opposing teams get offensive rebounds while he is in.

  • andy

    hmm i took it as a positive.

    no comment, coach knows best.

    what’s wrong with that?

    • Alex

      We got some dumb people looking too damn close into everything.