Perhaps I'm reading way too much into this, but read the tone of this response from Brandon Bass and let me know what you think.
Bass on potentially coming off of the bench this season: "I have no comment on that question. No comment. We're going to keep getting better every day. We have to get better as a team, and I think Doc will make the best decision for the team."
Is it just me or is he sounding a little upset at the question? Or perhaps he's upset at Doc for starting a rookie over him in a preseason game and not ruling out doing the same going forward. Or maybe he's just a competitive guy that doesn't want to give up his spot - especially after he's had no downturn in his game to speak of.
Of course this is likely much ado about nothing for two reasons. First, Bass is a professional and if he's asked to play with the bench unit and be a leader on that team, he's most likely going to do the right thing and say the right things and play well. Second, there's still a good chance that Bass could be the starter going forward. If you can read into such things as practice jerseys, then that might be where things are hedging as of this afternoon.
Rivers said he hasn't settled on a starting lineup for Saturday's game, though he's begun discussions with his coaching staff. When the final minutes of practice were made available to the media, the Green Team, a.k.a. the starters, consisted of Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett, so it's likely five of those six players will comprise Saturday's first unit. Rookie Jared Sullinger, who started in Boston's second game of the preseason against Armani Milano, was back in the white practice jersey worn by the reserves.
I'm sure this will all get worked out. A little competition is always a good thing. I'm just hoping that Bass is channeling his energy positively.