After the game we caught up with Celtic Brandon Bass' brother, Chris Bass. Chris like his brother played at LSU from 2008-2012. He also attended Lee Academy Prep. In his senior season there he averaged 16.9 points and 7 assists per game. After the game we talked everything from Celtics to his future plans with basketball. Below is the full interview:
Buzzer Beater Basketball: Who is your vote for NBA MVP if you had to pick?
Chris Bass: It's tough, I like Harden and I like Curry. I think LeBron too still. He's a good player and he makes everyone around him play better, and that's what I like. He makes everyone around him better, and if he keeps it up he will be one of the greats.
BBB: Who is your prediction for the NBA Title this year?
CB: I don't know, I think it's up in the air. It will be tough this year I think. Cleveland is a good team, um the Spurs will be there. Memphis, I like Memphis. I like the way they play inside with Zach Randolph and those guys, they make the game ugly. They are a good team.
BBB: After you heard Isaiah Thomas did not win 6th Man of the Year, what was your reaction?
CB: It's tough not to give it to LouWill. He had a consistent season compared to Isaiah, he had a couple ups and downs and got traded. Thomas is one of the best guards in the league to me, he's a young bull, he can go. I like him a lot.
BBB: What is or was your favorite pre-game music?
CB: I listen to a lot of Lil Boosie, you know I'm from Louisiana. A little Webby, Drake, I listen to a variety of things.
BBB: What's your favorite shoe to hoop in?
CB: I like Jordan's a lot, some Nike Zooms, some LeBron's. I just like to mix it up, maybe some lowtops sometimes.
BBB: After all the Celtic's roster movement earlier in the season, what is the main difference you have noticed with the team?
CB: I think the transition with a lot of new guys, kind of rebuilding, they just have to be patient. When you are dealing with a team with a lot of young guys, you're trying to get them ready, you just gotta be patient.
BBB: As you talk to your brother and just watch the Celtics, what's are some differences you have noticed between Coach Stevens and Doc Rivers?
CB: I think Doc is a little more of an X & O guy, gave them a lot more plays. Versus this year he (Brandon) had to go get on his own, that's what you deal with when you are building a team. Just had to be patient and let it come to you.
BBB: Who would win 1 on 1, you or Brandon?
CB: (Long Pause) Back and forth, he win sometimes, I win sometimes.
BBB: Chris Paul used to be your favorite player besides your brother, is that still the case?
CB: Yeah. I know Chris real well, that was one of my friends back when I was a freshman in college. He played with my brother in New Orleans, with the Hornets, so we real tight. He hit me up with some shoes too, that's my guy.
BBB: With Ben Simmons (#1 in the ESPN 100) and Antonio Blakeney (#15 in the ESPN 100) coming into LSU next year, what are your expectations for the team?
CB: They are going to do big things. Some of those guys are McDonald's All Americans so they will have a lot of pressure on their shoulders, but they should come out and just play ball. They already have a good team which will make the transition easier for them.
BBB: If you could give any words to Malik Newman (#10 in the ESPN 100), what would you say to get him to commit to LSU?
CB: I'd say come to LSU, there was many greats that went there. I know Johnny O'Bryant, he is also from Mississippi and he knows him real well. I think he should come, that would be like 5 freshman trying to be like the Fab 5 or something. If he comes it will be good. As I said, a lot have greats have gone there, Chris Jackson, Shaq, Brandon Bass, Glen Davis, and a lot of good guys have played there. It would be good for him.
BBB: I know you have future plans to coach, what is your ultimate goal?
CB: My ultimate goal is the college level. I'm blessed to go back to my old high school, I have been trying to go back for a couple years now. It's a dream come true. I'm looking forward to college after that and you never know what it holds after that.
BBB: Do you ever go back to LSU, and work with the players there to get more experience there?
CB: Oh yeah, I work all the camps in the summer. I'm cool with Johnny Jones and all the coaches and stuff like that. I still talk to all those guys. I'm cool with all the players on the team, we still play pickup now matter of fact, since the season's over with we playing a lot of pickup down there.
BBB: So you are just playing with team that is still there, or any other people?
CB: Yeah, a lot of guys that are still there like Tim Quarterman. (Ben) Simmons is not there yet, I can't wait for the summer.
BBB: Are you going to play him 1 on 1?
CB: Hopefully, maybe pick up some assists to him throw him a couple alley-oops. I love LSU though.