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Before he learns the Brad Stevens playbook in his third season as member of the Boston Celtics, Brandon Bass is learning another important lesson: how to swim. Starting this Friday, the Celtics forward will be taking swimming lessons with kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Boston.
Listen, I wanted to start Friday off with some light news. I wanted to make a few jokes about how this is great because solid interior defense looks a lot like an aggressive Australian crawl, or how effectively boxing out looks a ton like the back stroke, but the more I dug in, the more this story transitioned from blog fodder to inspirational athlete outreach.
As detailed in Bella English's Globe piece, this is a important issue that strikes a chord with several members of the Celtics.
Bass grew up in Baton Rouge, La., with no real place to swim and with friends, a brother, and parents who did not swim either. When he was a child, a neighbor his age drowned, and the mem...