BOSTON — Brandon Bass has been the Boston Celtics' anchor defensively this year, a sounding board for rookies like Phil Pressey and a role model for young and not-so-young folks in the community.
For his efforts on and off the court, Bass was an easy choice for this year's Red Auerbach Award.
The award, now in its ninth season, is given to the player, "who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a true Celtic through performance on the court and off."
The 6-9 forward was presented with the award prior to Boston's 118-102 loss to the Washington Wizards.
"Brandon Bass won this award because he exemplifies just what it means to be a Boston Celtics. He has proved that not only can you be a great basketball player but you can be an amazing role model in the Boston community and off the court," said Celtics co-owner and managing partner Stephen Pagliuca. "I am proud to have someone like Brandon Bass lead our Boston Celtics team. His qualities exude exactly what it means to be a part of this organization."
Said Bass: "It definitely feels great to be a Celtic as long as I've been a Celtic and to get the award," said Bass who had 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss. "I didn't expect it, but I appreciate it. It's something to motivate me to keep trying to improve and be better on and off the court."
Off the floor, Bass has been involved with a number of community outreach endeavors.
But what has caught the eye of many is the work he has done with helping motivate young people to swim which is something he too is learning.
"Since I'm in a position where I can inspire kids or grownups, I'm gonna do that," Bass said. "It makes me feel good, actually; going to appearances and being able to put smiles on kid's faces."
And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the final game of the 2013-2014 season for the Celtics.
No Celtic will head into the offseason feeling as good about their game, as Olynyk.
He turned in another strong performance on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and five assists.
The nine-year veteran delivered yet another solid performance to close out the season. He had 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds.
He was in 10-day contract mode on Wednesday, providing lots of energy
and hustle at both ends of the floor. Johnson finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
It was fitting that the Celtics final games were ones with key rotation players out with injuries. Rajon Rondo (hamstring), Kris Humphries (knee), Jerryd Bayless (knee) and Jared Sullinger (ankle) were all out against the Wizards. And that doesn't take into account season-ending injuries to Gerald Wallace (ankle and knee) and Vitor Faverani (knee).
From the opening tip, the Boston Celtics showed little resistance defensively. And it wasn't just one or two Washington players, or one or two spots on the floor, either. The Wizards were lighting the Celtics up from anywhere and everywhere they wanted to. By the time the final horn sounded, Boston had allowed the Wizards to shoot 56.8 percent from the field which isn't good enough to compete let alone beat a team.