Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Bass’

Brandon Bass Is Learning To Swim


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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.

Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day

by Zettler Clay

On Monday night, the Magic traveled to Boston after a day off to face the Celtics. The Celts, who played Sunday in D.C., were without their star two-guard Ray Allen. The Magic boasted an 11-4 record and were rolling. The writing was on the wall.

Some writing. The Magic shot 25 percent from the field (16 of 65) and the highly anticipated return of Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis to Boston was overshadowed by Brandon Bass‘ 19 points and eight boards in a molly-whopping in Boston’s favor.

But that wasn’t even the most absurd occurrence of the night:


Attaboy J-Rich! Nothing like a little subterfuge to throw the winning team off track.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 LSU



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We now move to the fourth and final region, the South, with No. 1 seed Duke taking on play-in winner and 4-seed LSU, which won the battle of the bigs against Stanford to reach the Sweet 16.

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Duke Blue Devils

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Carlos Boozer, Bulls: 27.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals
Corey Maggette, Bucks: 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals
Elton Brand, Sixers: 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals
Grant Hill, Suns: 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals
Luol Deng, Bulls: 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.2 steals

Missed the cut: Shane Battier, Grizzlies; Chris Duhon, Magic; Mike Dunleavy, Pacers; Gerald Henderson, Bobcats; Dahntay Jones, Pacers; Josh McRoberts, Pacers; JJ Redick, Magic; Shelden Williams, Knicks

Team synopsis: People have a tendency to think that Duke players don’t do so well in the pros, but man, look at this lineup. Big and burly, and good luck keeping Brand, Boozer, and Maggette off the offensive glass. The only thing that could pose a problem for the Dookies is a lack of a top-notch outside shooter or true distributor, but Hill and Deng are good enough. Each guy on this team can put the ball in the basket.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 LSU

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. Our first Bragging Rights matchup features two schools known for producing big men: the Stanford Cardinal and the LSU Tigers.

Stanford Cardinal VS LSU Tigers

Stanford Cardinal


Starters (all stats per 48 minutes for their current teams):

Josh Childress, Suns: 15.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.41 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals
Landry Fields, Knicks:
15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.36 blocks, 1.59 steals
Robin Lopez, Suns:
21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.0 steals
Brook Lopez, Nets
: 27.2 points,  8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.8 steals
Jason Collins, Hawks: 8.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals

Missed the cut: Jarron Collins, Clippers

Team synopsis: The Cardinal are interesting for this kind of tournament, with two wingmen (Childress and Fields) and three centers (the Lopez-Lopez-Collins combo). In a regulation NBA game they’d get killed, but in a pickup game, their size could be difficult to deal with. Josh Childress hasn’t gotten a ton of run in Phoenix this season, but his per-48 stats show he can be a productive player. He’s not a great perimeter shooter, but that may be a good thing for Stanford, as I would imagine a team like this would get a lot of offense off putbacks. (more…)