clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Brandon Bass Getting A Feel For Celtics' Team Dynamics

New, comments
Mute that mic when KG is around.
Mute that mic when KG is around.

I can't even imagine what it must be like playing with Kevin Garnett. The intense look on his face is obviously just the tip of the iceberg with this guy. It doesn't take a lip reader to know that the NBA needs that 7 second delay when they have the mics near the court. But if you get past all that, you know that this guy has forgotten more about defense than most guys will ever know, so it pays to listen up.

Green Street " Brandon Bass is starting to get what it means to be a Celtic

Bass acknowledged that it’s been a bit of a culture shock coming to Boston and yes, there are times when Garnett’s constant NSFW barking gets on his nerves. But he’s learned that he can also dish it right back and that’s OK. "You know what? Man. I have problems with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett because they throw a lot of words out there and sometimes I want to throw them back," Bass said with a bit of a grin. "At the end of the day I know they want to win. And at the end of the day I want to win. So if I throw it back, they don’t mind. It’s life. That’s also what’s made us closer. You can’t be close when everybody’s just being nice. Hey man, how you doing? You got to fight a little bit. Argue a little bit. That will make us closer and I think that will make us fight for each other on the court."

KG could never be a coach, he wouldn't know what to do with himself. But I could see bringing him back (at the right price), even past his prime, just for the wealth of defensive knowledge he holds in that head. Not to mention the "we not me" philosophy that he practices and preaches. But stay or go, I'm glad he's passing along those lessons to guys like Bass and JaJuan Johnson.