BOSTON — Glen Davis and Brandon Bass met at TD Garden's midcourt stripe about two hours before the Orlando Magic faced the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Davis and Bass were good friends long before this season, and they continue to be good friends after their lives changed last month. Davis agreed to a four-year deal with the Magic, and then Davis and Von Wafer were traded to Orlando for Bass.
"It was a shock," Bass said before tipoff. "Usually, you hear about a rumor. I didn't get a rumor. When I was traded, that's when I heard I was traded. So I was shocked. But that's life. It's life in the NBA. It happens, you make your adjustment and then you move on."
Bass said he is still adjusting, but he entered Monday averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for Boston.
Davis' adjustment also is still ongoing.
On Monday, he had no idea how Celtics fans would respond to him.
Davis joked that Bostonians hadn't reacted to him on Sunday or before tipoff on Monday.
"I don't think people recognized me," he joked. "They said I've lost a lot of weight."
But he received a warm response when, during a timeout with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter, the arena's video board displayed a tribute of him.
The vast majority of fans gave him a standing ovation, and Davis walked onto the court. He smiled and pumped his fist. Dwight Howard clapped.
Davis and Bass were born in Baton Rouge, La., just eight months apart, and grew up in Louisiana's capital city. They even spent a year together as teammates at LSU.
That's what made the trade so strange for Bass.
"It was weird, man," he said. "It was just so weird that you'd get traded for your childhood buddy in the NBA. I just thought that was so crazy. . . . I'm happy for him, and I know he's happy for me. And after we finish playing, we can talk about this once we retire years from now."
Turk's backHedo Turkoglu returned to the Magic's starting lineup and played for the first time since he tweaked his back last Tuesday in a game.
The Magic employed their regular starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Ryan Anderson, Turkoglu and Howard.
Layups•Howard was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
•Boston starters Ray Allen (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (wrist) did not play.
•Magic CEO Alex Martins accompanied the team on the first leg of its road trip and attended Monday's game. He said he is scheduled to go to NBA headquarters today in New York to introduce the Magic's new chairman, Dan DeVos, to NBA Commissioner David Stern.
•Magic General Manager Otis Smith did not attend Monday's game. It's rare for him to miss a road game, but Martins said Smith was under the weather Sunday and then couldn't get to Boston on Monday because of airline mechanical problems.
•The Magic did not hold a shootaround at TD Garden. Monday started a stretch in which the Magic will play six games over eight days.
•A new episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will premiere tonight and will feature a segment about Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and his brother, ESPN analyst and former NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy. A recent rough cut of the segment sent by HBO to the Orlando Sentinel included Stan saying that Jeff is the person with whom he would most love to spend a day. The segment also included Stan's and Jeff's recollections of the infamous postseason fight between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat in which Jeff clung onto Alonzo Mourning's lower leg.
•In yet another one of the 2011-12 schedule's strange quirks, the Magic will play the Celtics again Thursday night. The game will be held at Amway Center.
•The Celtics entered Monday with 43 dunks this season; Howard started the day with 34, according to CBSSports.com.
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