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State of the Celtics: Bass over/under, and more from Rondo's trip

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Over/Under: Brandon Bass-ESPN Boston

Forsberg: Over. Bass has only missed a total of 13 games the last two seasons. Knee woes kept him out for a handful of games late in the first half last year, but he showed an ability to play through bumps and bruises, often bouncing up after hitting the floor hard.

I respect Bass a lot. The Celtics needed him more than ever last season when Wilcox, and JO couldn't last the entire  2012 season. Wilcox was gone for the season  because of an unforeseen reason. Bass will be Celtic for awhile, and while he has flaws. He's a great offensive player. If he can rebound the ball more, and if he can continue to grow as a defender. Than the skies the limit for Bass.

Rebounds per game: 6.0

* Forsberg: Over: The Celtics absolutely need Bass to be more active on the glass. His 14.9 defensive rebound percentage was up from his final season in Orlando, but still below the 17+ percent he averaged in two of his first three seasons in the league. The Celtics need him to utilize that athleticism to be more competitive on the glass.

Like I said, Bass needs to rebound. I think Bass needs to pull down 8 boards a game. I think he has the grit, and hustle to get the job done. Hopefully it will translate on the court.

Rondo on his Red Bull tour

“I met Pacquiao a couple of years ago,” Rondo related in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News Monday at the Titan basketball store. “I think he beat up (Miguel) Cotto really badly.”

Rondo is referring to Pacquiao’s crushing 12th round knockout victory over the Puerto Rican Cotto in 2009, which for many people solidified the Filipino’s standing at the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound list.

“I went back to the locker room, and I saw Cotto walking back, and then I saw Pacquiao come back and he was smiling,” Rondo said. “So from that point on, I started watching his fights and following him.”

"Rondo, like many of his teammates in the Celtics, is a fan of Pacquiao. The admiration is mutual as Pacquiao is a well-known supporter of the Boston squad, even reportedly watching the team’s Game 7 against the Miami Heat prior to his fight against Timothy Bradley last June."

I don't follow boxing, but the Celtics sure do. I'm glad that Pacquiao likes the Celtics.



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Reply paul
8:05 AM on August 29, 2012 
I think Bass will be improved, and that he and Sullinger will push each other.