Brandon Bass Is Learning To Swim

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.


  1. Ed G says:

    Hats off to him. Learning to swim for me was a terrifying experience, but he’s doing it for all the right reasons. It’s a life skill. Best of luck

    • lbj says:

      learning to swim will not give you any championship ring. you need to learn how to be part of Miami. we will trade james jones plus future 1st round pick if you want

      • chris says:

        this is the most out of place comment I’ve read this week.

        @Ed, I agree
        having lung problems as kid I was always reluctant towards water.
        So, I made learning to swim properly a must for my kids, so they geel safe whenever needed.

  2. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Very good news annd from the looks of it, yes he seems to do fine!

    Happy for Brandon

  3. Good for you Brandon, good for you.

  4. ivica says:

    Ilike the last snapshot, him hugging seven kids at the same time with his arms lenght:))