Brandon Bass played the role of Doc Rivers Friday night at Harvard’s Lavietes Pavilion.
“He would say I did a terrible job,” said Bass, who signed a three-year, $20 million deal this offseason to remain a Celtic. “It was all in fun. I think the fans got a real good kick out of it.”
Boston was Ball Up’s sixth stop on its second season touring the country in search of the next best streetballer.
Bass said the recent acquisition of guard Courtney Lee helps the second unit by supplying defense and toughness.
“After the injuries went down to Jeff Green and [Chris] Wilcox, I think that our second group didn’t really get too much consistently,” Bass said. “We had times, even in the playoffs, where our second group played big for us, but I think we need a more consistent effort from the second group and I think that’s what we’re going to get this year.”
Bass said he agreed to coach the opponents of the Ball Up All-Stars, who were handpicked from a tryout earlier in the day, because he used to watch The AND1 Mix Tape Tour growing up. He also had a streetball background growing up in Baton Rouge, La.
“When I was young playing in my friend’s backyard to the parks in my neighborhood,” Bass said. “That’s the reason for my physicality, and me being able to play through fouls, playing tough out there.”
He also helped pick the game’s two MVPs, who will compete in a combine in Atlanta next week.
“I wanted to stay out of that part,” Bass said. “To me, I wanted all of them to have the opportunities to play for the Ball Up team. I was once one of those kids trying to play on my high school, my middle school team.”