A lot has been made of the Los Angeles Lakers additions this offseason. The list of names is pretty star-studded, with Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard bringing in multiple All-Star appearances.
The journeyman spoke out about how this second go around with the Lakers was influenced largely by his first. Baze was traded from the Golden State Warriors midseason and played just 23 games for LA in total before being let go.
Via Jacob Rude of Silver Screen and Roll:
“That kind of lit a fire underneath me a little bit back in the day,” said Bazemore of his first Lakers stint. “when I used to hold on to those kinds of things before I understood the business side of everything. But I’m just very fortunate to have another opportunity to play in the best league of basketball and one of the greatest organizations in any sport.”
Bazemore has carved out a solid career entering his 10th season in the NBA, playing a vital role on a scrappy Warriors squad last season.
He quietly had the best three-point shooting season of his career, eclipsing the 40% mark for the first time ever on nearly three attempts. On a Lakers team that's in desperate need of shooting, Kent Bazemore's improved stroke could prove useful.