Brandon Bass Reflects On Byron Scott Motivating Him In His Early Years

Of the three off-season acquisitions for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, forward Brandon Bass was probably the least known. While Roy Hibbert is a former All-Star and Lou Williams won Sixth Man of the Year last season, Bass has long been a solid professional who does his job every night.

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Bass was drafted by New Orleans in 2003 where he was coached by now Lakers head coach Byron Scott for his first two years in the league. At his introductory press conference, Bass said that Scott motivated him to get in the gym during those years via the Los Angeles Lakers’ official Twitter:

The hard work paid off as even though Bass never got much playing time under Scott in New Orleans, he quickly blossomed once leaving. He has averaged at least eight points and four rebounds in seven of his last eight seasons in the NBA including double-figure points in three of the last four.

Bass is comfortable both starting and coming off the bench and he could be doing both this season. He will likely battle with Julius Randle for the starting power forward spot, but should get plenty of minutes regardless of if he’s in the starting lineup or not.

Hibbert’s focus is mainly on improving the Lakers defense and Williams’ job is to give the team some extra offensive punch off the bench. Bass is capable of filling in whatever role he needs to and Byron Scott motivating him like he did when he was a rookie should only help.

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  1. Randle should let his game come to him. Too many players focus on numbers, minutes, and starting roles when the team is most important. When you’re as talented as he is, your game should be unforced.

  • I like Bass’s game a lot, he has a great mid range game, he hustles, rebounds, gives weak side help on defense. A great pick up by the Lakers, and I really think he should start at PF and bring Randle in slowly.

      1. A consistent rotation is important. It’s going to be hard enough if Kobe sits back-to-backs (like I think he probably should).

  • 82 games last season man he is tough. i like the energy and athleticism he will bring to LA. Welcome aboard Mr. Brandon Bass………Go LA Lakers………..

  • Bass alwrite. But he jus broun knowsin Byerun. Hopin ta git mo playin time. Butt he don understan to do dat you got to axe Kome not Byerun.

  • Bass seems like a solid pro with a good work ethic and respect for his coach. Looking forward to seeing him play well.

  • I can’t believe they gave Fisher’s number to Brandon Bass. That is a travesty. Fisher has won 5 championships with the Lakers and wore that number for 12 years in LA. Number 2 should be up there in the rafters with Shaq and Kobe.

        1. Fish is retired as a player, not as a coach.
          Coop’s been retired long enough to qualify.
          I doubt either will ever hang in the rafters as the Lakers reserve that strictly for Hall of Famers. I don’t think either Fish or Coop will qualify…But I wish the Lakers would make an exception for these two…I mean, 5 rings each and both were integral pieces and contributors of each championship team…They deserve being honored IMO.

    1. Fish’s number does not belong in the rafters. He was an important player in the last two championships, but only hall-of-famers get raised up there.

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