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Heading into his third season as a member of the Boston Celtics, Brandon Bass is in top physical shape. At 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, he is nothing but muscle and can shoot, block, rebound, and steal the ball with the best of them.
But there’s one thing that 6-year-old Brandon Bass Jr. can beat his daddy at: swimming.
“My son’s the first one in the family to learn how to swim,” says Bass, the 28-year-old Celtics forward. “If you threw me out in the ocean, I would drown.”
But Bass is getting ready to change that. On Friday, he will get into the Boston Sports Club swimming pool in Waltham, the shallow end, with 10 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Together, Bass and the children will take their first swimming lesson. Though he is volunteering his time to help the young people conquer their fear of swimming, Bass has fears of his own.
“I’m nervous, because I don’t know how to float,” he says. “I can’t tread water.”