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For the latest segment of the “Popcorn Machine,” we went to Dodger Stadium to sit down with a serious basketball fan who dabbles in center field for the L.A. Dodgers: Matt Kemp.

Kemp, who came to several Lakers games this past season, played high school hoops with Shelden Williams* at Midwest City in Oklahoma on a squad that was so good, they won back-to-back state championships.
*Williams, who starred at Duke and was the No. 5 overall pick in 2006, recently signed a free agent contract with Boston.

Kemp almost continued his hoops dream in college, but instead decided to sign with the big leagues as his game continued to grow and scouts became superfluous at his high school baseball games.

So, on Tuesday afternoon prior to L.A.’s 17-4 win over Milwaukee, Kemp joined us in the Dodgers dugout to detail his basketball past, speculate about Lamar Odom’s baseball prospects (the lanky lefty fancies himself a pitcher), guess that Jordan Farmar would be the Lakers’ best baseball player and give us his top five musical artists as compared to those of Josh Powell and Shannon Brown.