Fernando Medina - Orlando Magic; used with permission
The Orlando Magic continued their spirit of holiday giving Tuesday afternoon when power forward Brandon Bass, among the league's best Sixth Man of the Year candidates, visited young fans at the Florida Hospital for children. The six-year veteran "walked through the halls pulling a wagon filled with goody bags that he delivered to kids upon each visit," according to the team, and also "took time to take photographs, sing Christmas carols and hand out autographs." More from the team:
The Christmas season is a special time for Bass, who has experienced first-hand both the ups and downs of the holiday season.
He vividly recalls "great Christmases" when he was younger, once receiving a 10-speed bike and spending time with his mother before she passed in 1995.
Afterwards, the season became a little tougher as he and the rest of his family moved in with his aunt, who had to provide for five children of her own.
Kudos to the Magic and Bass for spreading some holiday cheer to some young folks who may not have much this season. I'm sure Orlando will continue its community outreach efforts during the holiday season, as it does each year.
Magic fans will no doubt appreciate this quote from Bass, too:
"I don’t have any plans this year, except for beating Boston on Christmas day," he said. "I don’t need a Christmas gift as long as we get that win."