Brandon Bass Injury: Updates on Lakers Forward's Eye and Return

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

Los Angeles Lakers' Brandon Bass during the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers 112-104 win over the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game in Boston Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass suffered an eye injury and was held out of the lineup on March 15. However, he has been cleared to return to the court.

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Bass Active vs. Suns

Friday, March 18

Head coach Byron Scott announced Bass will play against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Injury Uncharacteristic for Durable Bass

Bass dealt with a sore right ankle earlier in the season, but X-rays came back negative after he suffered a momentary scare Jan. 12 against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Overall, though, Bass has been remarkably healthy since the start of the 2012-13 season. Prior to joining the Lakers this season, the rough-and-tumble Bass had missed a single game during the past three campaigns.

"You know what you’ll get when you put him in the game,” Scott said, per Medina. "He’s not backing down to people. He’s one of those tough kids that will bring it every single night."

With his minutes sliding in Los Angeles, Bass was averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game before the injury, while shooting 55.1 percent from the field off the pine.