Brandon Bass started 39 regular season games for the Celtics last season (and 59 including the playoffs) but recent comments by Doc Rivers suggest that the starting lineup could be in a state of flux. In addition to Bass, starting lineups featuring Jared Sullinger and Darko Milicic have been discussed, possibly changing throughout the regular season. Bass was asked to comment on a potential move to the bench following practice today (via ESPN Boston):
“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.”
While I’m sure Bass would like to remain the starter, I don’t think he’s the type to get all bent out of shape if Doc decides to bring him off the bench this season. Bass is capable of providing instant offense, and with a bit of a logjam at the four spot (between Bass, Sullinger, Jeff Green and possibly Garnett) moving him out of the starting lineup might be a boon for the second unit. I think Bass is being sincere when he says he trusts Doc to make that decision, as he’s been anything but a diva during his time in Boston. Bass will likely play around 25 minutes a night whether or not he starts.