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Bass: 'We have enough talent' to compete

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brandon Bass had plenty of interesting things to say on Monday -- especially about his reduced playing time -- but the veteran big man also railed against the idea that the Boston Celtics are expected to lose more often in the aftermath of trading away point guard Rajon Rondo.

"We have enough talent in here to win every night," said Bass. "Look at the league a minute. The best teams in the league -- Atlanta is No. 2 and I don’t know who is No. 1, but they’re beatable, too. There were times when the East where, if you were a bad team, you were a bad team. And the team that was No. 1 and 2, you were like, ‘Man, it’s going to be tough trying to beat those guys.’ But that ain’t the case here, in the East, at least I feel that way."

Closing out a seven-minute conversation with reporters, Bass -- typically a man of few words -- was asked if he was disappointed that the Celtics traded away their lone All-Star in Rondo if he felt the East was so wide open.

Boston remains just 2 ½ games out of a playoff spot despite being 10-18 overall.

"It ain’t my job to take it no kind of way," said Bass. "My job is to work with what we have. That’s what I do. It’s sad to see Rondo leave, but at the end of the day, it’s a business. Every year here somebody left. You’ve got to work with what you’ve got. I am a firm believer that, I don’t believe in looking for no people to come join a team -- I ain’t into looking and searching for a team to go to win a championship. That’s not who I am. I’m into working with what we’ve got and making the best of it."

Bass counted Rondo among his closest friends on the team and said his presence is missed, particularly on the team plane when the two often passed time playing cards.

"That’s been kinda the toughest thing. I enjoyed playing with him, but I definitely miss those card battles for sure," said Bass.