The corneal abrasion in Brandon Bass’ right eye made it difficult to see. But so did the goggles the Lakers had Bass wear during Thursday’s practice.
So only a few plays into Thursday’s full-contact scrimmage, Buss took off the frames, threw them and then broke them.
“I don’t play with nothing,” Bass said afterwards. “To have something over my eyes makes me feel weird.”
But Bass might not have a choice. Lakers coach Byron Scott expects Bass to return as a backup forward when the Lakers (14-54) host the Phoenix Suns (18-49) on Friday at Staples Center. But Bass will first have an eye exam on Friday morning after missing Tuesday’s contests against Sacramento because of vision problems
“Maybe he thinks we only have one pair for him,” Scott joked. “But we’re going to try to get him wear those things to protect him as much as possible.”
Bass completed Wednesday’s non-contact drills without any reported setbacks. The Lakers offered the same analysis for Thursday’s full-court scrimmage. All of which has left Bass crossing his fingers he can ditch the apparatus.
“If they say I have to wear the goggles, I have no choice,” said Bass, who has averaged 7.0 points on 55.1 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game this season. “If they say I don’t have to, I don’t have to. I’m not going to wear them.We’ll see how it goes. I know [Lakers trainer] Gary Vitti has my best interest at heart.”
Meanwhile, Scott offered sympathy after needing to wear goggles once during his 14-year NBA career, including 11 seasons with the Lakers. Scott then wondered aloud how former Lakers teammates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy cemented Hall-of-Fame careers while wearing goggles.
“They are uncomfortable,” Scott said. “The one time I tried them, you start breathing and they get fogged up. They don’t feel great on your face. You have to get used to them.”
Bass might have to get used to them sooner or later. He has already been poked in the eye twice this season after going up for an offensive rebound. Bass added that has happened “several times” during his 10-year NBA career.
“It happens when I’m a little more aggressive,” Bass said. “But hopefully it won’t happen again.”