Tag:Brandon Bass
Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:27 pm

Brandon Bass will not have surgery

Magic forward Brandon Bass will not undergo surgery... yet. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Magic got some good news, or rather, didn't get bad news Monday as doctors have been unable to conclude that Brandon Bass has a torn meniscus and have not recommended surgery. They're going to go with rest and Bass played 25 minutes Monday night. From the Orlando Sentinel

Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a torn meniscus. So, for the time being, the team will attempt to treat the discomfort in Bass’ knee without surgery.
via Brandon Bass participates in Monday’s shootaround – Orlando Magic BasketBlog – Orlando Sentinel.

Bass has been enjoying a career year in points, rebounds, and shooting this season, and having a traditional post-oriented four who can hit the midrange has been very successful next to Dwight Howard. Having a player who can also produce some points down low when Howard takes a seat with his usual foul trouble is nothing to sneeze at, either. 

The issue is that Bass obviously does have an issue and has been dealing with it for a while. That he's trying to tough through it is commendable, but it's also problematic that the doctors don't know for sure what's wrong with it and that he's still playing on it. 

But in the short term, it's definitely good news for the Magic. 
Posted on: January 2, 2011 4:24 pm

Brandon Bass thinking about knee surgery

Posted by Royce Young

Just what the Magic need. Right now they're clicking, playing some great basketball yet still feeling thin on the inside. And now a big part of that is considering surgery that could sideline him for a month or more.

Forward Brandon Bass told the Orlando Sentinel that because of discomfort in his left knee after awkwardly coming down on it against the Knicks, he might consider arththroscopic surgery if it doesn't improve.

“I might need to get it scoped, be out a few weeks,” Bass said. “I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Bass has missed the team's last two practices and has dealt with some swelling. This wouldn't just be a downer for the Magic but for him too. He's long been frustrated with his situation in Orlando being stuck behind Marcin Gortat and Rashard Lewis only to now not only find himself as part of the starting five, but as a major part of it.

With him playing alongside Dwight Howard as a legitimate 4-man, Orlando has turned into one of the better interior teams. Bass is an inside-out power forward with the strength and size to handle just about anyone down low.

But if he's out for a month -- or more -- the Magic will have to absolutely increase their efforts to add depth inside with Howard. Right now there's not a backup center on the roster and behind Bass is only Ryan Anderson, more of a finesse power forward. There's also Malik Allen but I think he's close to 60 years old at this point.

Point is, if Bass elects for surgery, Orlando is going to have to get serious about making a move. For now the Magic have felt like they could take their time, but their hand might be forced.

And more importantly, if the knee doesn't improve for Bass, the Magic want him healthy heading into the stretch run so they'd probably be fine if he's out as long as it means he's ready in April.
Posted on: December 25, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: December 25, 2010 8:00 pm

Hedo and Bass help Magic rally over Celtics

Brandon Bass and Hedo Turkoglu help Magic come from behind to beat Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and the Celtics.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Celtics are probably sitting in their locker room with a stunned look on their faces, asking "What just happened ?" 

The answer? Brandon Bass, believe it or not. 

The Magic offense stalled the entire day, looking out of sync and generally being run over by Boston's physical toughness, Brandon Bass delivered in a huge way. He provided a stretch 4 that could also work to get shots in the paint, something missing from previous Orlando-Boston matchups and finished with 21 points on 8-15 shooting and nine rebounds. His mid-range jumper with 2:02 remaining tied the game. Then the wackiness started. 

Paul Pierce airballed a turnaround jumper after being automatic the entire game. Jameer Nelson, who had been terrible the entire game and finished 3-9, nailed a three, J.J. Redick popped a mid-range jumper and the Magic wouldn't look back. In the midst of this, Kevin Garnett would miss a key free throw. Because that happens a lot. 

The Magic prevailed despite Dwight Howard being in foul trouble, and Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson combining for 4-17 from the field. It was a dreadful game for both players, Arenas seemingly bothered by knee trouble and having issues with his handle, and Richardson unable to land his spot-up threes weren't just non-contributors, they were liabilities. But the newly acquired Magic did have one guy who showed up to play, and he brings just one word. 


Hedo Turkoglu's stats weren't out of this world, until you consider his role. Turkoglu finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, one block, and no turnovers. Turkoglu threaded passes to Dwight Howard (the only guy who seemed committed to getting the big guy involved), hit  big threes, and most importantly, played terrific defense, as he helped on doubles to keep Pierce off the elbow jumper, and closing off passing lanes. Turkoglu may have been the best overall player on the floor for the Magic today behind Bass. If you expected that coming in, you get a cookie. 

The Celtics have to wonder how they let this one get away, with Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, and Jameer Nelson having bad games and Kevin Garnett playing at an MVP level today. Rajon Rondo being gone is a huge caveat, and it's December, not May. But this is a loss that may bother the Celtics until the two teams meet again.
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2010 1:05 am

What do the new Magic rotations look like?

A look at the Orlando Magic after their trade for Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson. Posted by Matt Moore


That got out of hand, fast.

The Orlando Magic completely turned around their rotation today with the addition of Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas (sorry Earl Clark). But on a team with this many options, how are these rotations going to work out? Let's take a look. First, where are they at with each position? There's no way of knowing how SVG will formulate his starting lineup, so they're considered liquid.

Point guard

Starter: Jameer Nelson
Reserves: Gilbert Arenas (combo-guard), Chris Duhon, J.J. Redick (in a pinch, combo-guard), Jason Williams

Nelson has played at a near All-Star level the past three seasons. With Carter off the grid, Nelson could benefit. Arenas can play shooting guard, but in reality, he plays with the ball in his hands. He deferred to John Wall in Washington, but it didn't work well. As a back-up point guard, he's going to dramatically improve the Magic's scoring potential in the bench unit.

Shooting guard

Starter: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson/Gilbert Arenas/Quentin Richardson, J.J. Redick

Redick may be a trade asset now. J-Rich can play the three, but he's really a shooting guard. Arenas can play the two, but is really a point guard. Quentin Richardson is just a wing. Redick provides great insurance for the two-spot, but that's a pricy policy.

Small forward

Starter: Jason Richardson/Hedo Turkoglu/Quentin Richardson
Reserves: Jason Richardson, Quentin Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu

Hedo can play the four, but he'll likely spend some time at small forward. Quentin Richardson may actually wind up the starter here with J-Rich at the shooting guard and Brandon Bass or Turkoglu at the four. The Magic are pretty short at the three after this move, with Pietrus gone.

Power forward

Starter: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu
Reserves: Brandon Bass/Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Malik Allen

Anderson hasn't been as good as he needed to be this season to make a leap, while Bass has been better than expected. It's hard to see Turkoglu taking Bass' place, but given his familarity with the offense, it's conceivable. Meanwhile, Malik Allen has another duty....


Starter: Dwight Howard
Reserves: Malik Allen, Daniel Orton

That's it. That's all they've got to back up Howard. Which means when Howard sits or gets in foul trouble, the Magic will have to go small. This could wind up as a good thing in the end.


Nelson - Richardson - Richardson - Bass - Howard

If we're talking the actual best players available, this has to be it. Quentin Richardson is no star, but he doesn't have to be with the firepower the Magic now pack. It's a more traditional lineup with Bass at power forward, but with Nelson as the primary creator and Richardson geared as the finishing point, it could work.

A reserve unit could look like this:

Arenas - Redick - Turkoglu - Anderson - Bass

It's a strange big-small combo with Turkoglu at the three, but it could work with Arenas as the primary creator and shooters stocking the floor. Unfortunately, they'll get rebounded into oblivion.

Another starting unit option for SVG:

Nelson - Arenas - J. Richardson - Turkoglu - Howard

Arenas as a shooting guard is problematic, but it may be a dual combo-guard set up with Nelson and Arenas both working with the ball. I've never been sold on Turkoglu as a power forward, but he did play minutes in Orlando before. This lineup likely has the best scoring potential, and has Turkoglu as the fourth scoring option. Which is probably for the best.

The lesson here is that SVG has the same depth he had before, but now his frontcourt gets considerably smaller and more shallow. To put it simply: Howard has to stay out of foul trouble.

If Arenas can create and score to his potential and if Turkoglu regains his magic (sorry for the pun) under Van Gundy, Orlando could take a step forward -- that is, back to elite status in the East. Does that make the Magic better than Boston or Miami?

That's a whole other question.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Brandon Bass plays well, increases trade value?

Orlando Magic forward Brandon Bass has played well in the preseason when he's gotten the chance and teams that need frontcourt help are likely taking notice.
Posted by Ben Golliver.

Once again, the Orlando Magic enter the 2010-2011 NBA season with the league's deepest roster. Coach Stan Van Gundy has loads of options when he turns to his bench, with all five positions being covered more than capably. His backup pont guard, Chris Duhon, started last season. His backup small forward, Quentin Richardson, started last season. His backup shooting guard, J.J. Redick, and his backup center, Marcin Gortat, could start for a number of teams this season. 

The only real question is at the backup power forward spot, where he has two talented but different options in Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass. Neither possesses the top-end talent, currently, to completely settle the playing time debate that dates back to last season. 

That brings us to a piece by Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel , who notes that Van Gundy opted to start Anderson over Bass when he benched his usual starting five during a recent preseason game  and that Bass has responded by playing very well.
It’s no secret that Magic power forward Brandon Bass wants to find a place to play, whether it’ s in Orlando or somewhere else.

And the way he’s played lately, he might get his wish — and my guess is the Magic are only waiting for the right deal to come along.

Bass is showcasing his talents for other teams, such as the Indiana Pacers, who need power-forward help.

Bass was coming off a 9-point, 7-rebound, 3-block effort in the last preseason game he played, against the Pacers Oct. 8. Against the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night, he led the club with 16 points, nine rebounds and added two blocks in 31 minutes.

Should Anderson continue to see more minutes, I think we can agree that Bass becomes the best third-stringer in the NBA. (It's a shame there's no award voting and trophy for 11th man of the year.) 

But it's also fair for Magic general manager Otis Smith to continue to take the patient approach. Talented big man only get more valuable over the course of a season as injuries arise. That goes for both the Magic and any potential trade partners.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:19 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:44 am

Shootaround 10.5.10: Giving and Getting

We're getting a new guy, the Grizzlies aren't giving Conley the dough, and the Heat know they have to give to succeed, all in today's Shootaround.Posted by Matt Moore

You'll be seeing a new face around these parts soon as Ben Golliver joins the F&R staff for the season. We're excited to have Ben on board and we know you'll love the coverage you'll get from Ben on the Blazers and across the league. As an initiation, we're planning on forcing  him to dougie like Babbit .

The Grizzlies have no plans to commit to a contract extension with Mike Conley until after this season, the Commercial Appeal reports. After putting too much money into too incomplete a player in Rudy Gay over the summer, and with more important assets Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol also in need of extensions, this is an essential decision. Conley has not proven to be starter worthy despite being given all the starts the past two seasons. Conley's got to prove it.

The buzzword at Heat camp? Sacrifice . Which is exactly what you want to hear if you're hoping for the Heat to accomplish something special with the triad. That's the word that can help rehabilitiate their image, and push their game beyond video game stats and into playoff wins.

Lance Stephenson shwoed up at camp and has been working hard despite his off-court woes. The bad news is that he's such a defensive liability, coach Jim O'Brien says he wouldn't play a single minute in game . Ouch.

Brandon Bass has committed to learning the playbook which could help him, you know, play in Orlando, a problem he had last year.

The last remaining roster spot in Charlotte may be down to Javaris Crittenton versus Sherron Collins out of Kansas. It's a contrast in styles that could lead to a hard decision for Larry Brown, via the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.

Dwight Jaynes in Portland is skeptical of Nate McMillan's intention for the Blazers to run.

If you're not ready for the John Wall era, read David Aldridge's piece and you will be. I'm an advanced stats guy, and even I know that if your numbers don't support the theory that Wall's going to be incredible , you need to recheck your digits.

Michael Beasley only missed two shots! Woo-hoo Wolves fans! Except the one he made were almost all outside of the paint... oh .

Posted on: October 1, 2010 4:01 pm

Magic exercise Anderson option, will he play?

Magic forward locked in for next season, question remains if he'll get time.Posted by Matt Moore

Ryan Anderson should be getting rotation time on a young team, improving his skills as a rebounding power forward that can also hit from the perimeter. But he wound up on the Magic, who have Rashard Lewis and his bajillion dollar contract, so instead he's struggling for life, trying to work his way onto the rotation alongside disgruntled power forward Brandon Bass. Then again, he's on a contending team, which any player will tell you is preferable to a lottery squad. Either way, Anderson's not going anywhere any time soon.

The Magic today exercised their option on Anderson for the 2011-2012 season. Anderson spent considerable time at power forward last season, earning the backup job in front of Bass with Rashard Lewis out for a suspension. But when the playoffs got going, Stan Van Gundy predictably went to his veterans. Anderson shot 37% from the arc last season, averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per 36 minutes, a great per-minute rate.

Anderson compares favorably to OKC's Jeff Green, as a perimeter power forward. Anderson's rebounding numbers actually are favorable to Green. Anderson still needs help at the defensive end, but even that gap in his game is closing quickly. It's no wonder the Magic are clinging to him. With the Magic talking more about moving Lewis more to the small forward spot, there will be opportunities for Anderson. The question is if they'll mazimize their use of him or if he'll continue to add to the ranks of Magic frontcourt guys who are disgruntled with their lot.

Marcin Gortat's not happy with not getting touches, and Brandon Bass could not be more stressed out with being buried on the depth chart. Lewis is still the best flex-forward player they have, but Anderson's potential was enough for the Magic to go ahead and lock him up, even as they continue to struggle with the luxury tax.
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