Bass focused on own play, improving C's record

Bass focused on own play, improving C's record
August 4, 2014, 10:30 am
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BOSTON — Unless he's told otherwise, Brandon Bass has every intention of beginning his 10th NBA season with the Boston Celtics when training camp starts in a couple months.

A subject of trade rumors for a good chunk of last season, Bass remains focused on not letting it affect his play going forward.

"All I can control is my play out on the floor," Bass told "That's all I'm worried about; that and helping my team win more games than we did last year."

Having played in New Orleans, Dallas and Orlando prior to arriving in Boston in 2011, Bass had never played for a team that won so few (25) games as the Celtics did last season.

And like most Celtics fans, Bass has kept an eye on how the roster has come together with the goal obviously to improve upon that woeful win total.

"I really like what we've been doing," Bass said. "I like the draft picks. Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) did a great job with the draft picks. I like where we're headed."

But it remains to be seen if Bass will be around to see this rebuilding process throughout its entirety.

The 6-foot-9 forward is in the final year of the three-year, $19.35 million deal he signed in 2012 that will pay him $6.9 million this season.

His ability to knock down mid-range jumpers along with the major strides he has made defensively, will likely provide Boston with a few potential offers via trade for his services.

But none of that matters to Bass.

"Like I told you earlier, I'm not worried about anything other than what I can control," Bass said. "Danny's a strong faith guy and I think he believes in what we got going and the direction we're headed."