Bass: 'I'm just trying to fit in'


Bass: 'I'm just trying to fit in'

BOSTON Brandon Bass is one of the new guys with the Boston Celtics.

But it hasn't taken him long to look right at home with the Green Team.

The season is still young, but Bass has emerged as one of the early front-runners for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award.

Coming off a season filled with career benchmarks in Orlando, Bass has been even better with the Celtics. He's averaging 13.2 points per game with the C's while shooting 52.9 percent from the field - both career highs.

"I just wanted to come in here and do what I can to help us win games," Bass told "We already got good players; great players, hall of fame players. I'm just trying to fit in, that's all."

While all of the new faces have been welcomed by the Celtics' core group, it's clear that Bass' connection with them is different. For many of the new guys, this is their first experience being around this much talent, but Bass has played with some of the NBA's top stars, like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki.

"Brandon has played on other teams with immense talent. Our team is no different from that," said Boston's Kevin Garnett. "The difference in our team and any other team he's played for, is the way we embraced him here."

Garnett began to discuss how the tradition-rich culture in Boston is what sets the Celtics apart from most NBA franchises.

"Understand it's about tradition and following the footsteps of many that come through here and him really understanding that," Garnett said. "It's not just about one guy here; it's about the team and know guys in here and how we take care of our own. He's coming into that. I don't think he's been around anything like that."

But ultimately, Bass' ability to help the C's win will determine how good a fit he'll be this year and moving forward.

After six games, it's clear that Bass is capable of more than filling the void left by Glen Davis who was part of the sign-and-trade deal with Orlando that sent Bass to Boston.

"The one thing we knew we were getting (with Bass) was energy, and we also knew we were getting a guy that could make shots," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. "His energy has been great. He still needs to pick up schemes defensively. I think he can be a great defender. Right now, he's struggling with our schemes. We just have to keep drilling them."

Blending in with the older, more established players in Boston takes Bass back to his days in Baton Rouge, LA growing up in a neighborhood known as EasyTown - which Bass has said often, 'is a town where nothing comes easy.'

"Going to the park, playing ball, playing older, tougher street guys who foul and don't want you to call foul. It makes you tougher; it makes you have thicker skin," Bass said. "That's why I'm able to play against guys like KG and have fun with it."

And KG appears to be having fun playing with Bass, the latest former LSU star (former C's Glen Davis and Shaquille O'Neal both played for the Tigers as well) to don the Green and White.

"We've embraced him here," Garnett said. "I can tell off the results of us gassing him and keeping him going, he likes that. He's an LSU boy. We've dealt with a couple of LSU boys here. You gotta cater towards that ego a little bit. But he falls in; he's a big addition to us. We're very blessed to have Brandon."

Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls


Celtics-Bulls preview: C's quickly turn page to new-look Bulls

BOSTON – Change is an inevitable when it comes to NBA rosters.

Just as the Boston Celtics significantly altered the outlook many had for them this season by signing Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract, they face a Chicago Bulls team tonight that has also undergone significant change.

The Bulls traded away one favorite son (Derrick Rose) and went about adding another in Dwyane Wade.

In addition to Wade, Chicago also signed former Celtic All-Star Rajon Rondo to join a team headlined by All-Star guard Jimmy Butler.

As easy as it could have been to worry about the struggles they had in disposing of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, the Celtics knew they had to immediately turn the page and shift their focus towards a Chicago Bulls team that’s looking to start its season with a quality win over the Celtics.

“They’re a good team. They have great players over there,” said Jae Crowder. “They’re trying to figure it out. They’re going to be very excited to play of course. We have to take care of business, play the way we want to play and impose our will even more.”

One of the keys to knocking off the Bulls will be to get better play from their second unit.

Boston’s backups were outscored 58-40 but more significant than that was their inability to hold off the late-charging Nets which forced head coach Brad Stevens to bring his starters back on to the floor with about two minutes to play.

Among the reasons contributing to the bench’s ineffective play on Wednesday was the fact that Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) was out.

Remember, Smart has been with the second unit for all of training camp minus the second half of their 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks.

Crowder believes not having Smart, who will be out for another week or so, was indeed a factor in the second unit’s struggles.

“They trying to figure it out on the fly,” Crowder said. “With a few days of practice and probably one tough day of practice without him. It’s tough but they’re figuring it out. There’s no other way to figure it out but in a game. They’ll figure it out as soon as possible.”