ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA players are for the most part in superhuman shape — superhumans who can run and jump and seemingly do almost anything. Except, for some guys, swim.
In this story in the Boston Globe, Celtics F Brandon Bass explains that he never learned how to swim as a kid, and it’s a skill he’s just never had the chance to pick up. (In the same story, Jeff Green says he, too, can’t swim.) This despite Bass owning a home on a lake and using a Jet Ski with his son, who is apparently a great swimmer…
“I can tell he’s having the time of his life, and he doesn’t have a worry in the world,” says Bass. “But I’m a little worried.”
His son senses it and says: “Dad, you can’t swim!” Says Bass: “I just feel as the man of the house, I need to learn to swim.”
Even at 28 years old, Bass has figured you’re never too old to learn something new, so he’s partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs. So Bass is taking swimming lessons along with a bunch of Boston-area kids, both to learn how to swim and raise awareness of the need for kids to learn how to swim. From the looks of the video, he’s off to a great start.