Ever since the 2005-2006 season, the Celtics have given the Red Auerbach Award to the member of the franchise who best exemplifies the spirit of being a Celtic.
This year, the award went to Brandon Bass.
"It’s what it means to be a Celtic," says Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Managing Partner. "You can’t put your finger on it, but you know it when you see it and Brandon’s one of them."
No one was more deserving, and no one was more surprised.
"To get the award, I didn’t expect it," says Bass. "I definitely appreciate it. It will just motivate me to keep trying to improve and be better on and off the court."
Bass' coach is happy to have players like him on the team.
"He’s as good of a pro as we have," says coach Brad Stevens. "He shows up every day. He’s the first one to the gym on the road. He’s the first one to the gym at home."
His teammates say the award couldn't have gone to a better or more-deserving guy.
"It’s a good award for him to win," says teammate Phil Pressey. "We see him in the community, giving back. He’s just been a professional on and off the court. And me, being a young guy, me seeing him do that only makes me want to do the same as well."
The team and the community certainly benefit from strong role models like Bass.