Kent Bazemore: 2014 Exit Interview

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersAcquired in a trade from Golden State on Feb. 19 for Steve Blake, Kent Bazemore appeared in 23 games (15 starts) towards averages of 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals on 45.1 percent field goals and 37.1 percent on three-pointers. Bazemore missed the final five games of the year due to a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot suffered at the Clippers on Apr. 6. He underwent successful surgery to repair the tendon on Apr. 16 and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2014-15 season.

*There is no accompanying video for Bazemore because his meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike D’Antoni came prior to the typical day of exit interviews.

- On what he thinks happened to his foot:
“I (heard) a little pop in it. I had a fracture going into my senior year of college, so the pop was pretty familiar. I can walk on it. We just took precautionary (measures) not to go back out there … I went to turn the corner and it popped. With the combination of what happened to my left foot (in college) … I’ve been having problems with (my right foot) getting worked on, and it just went to the brain and it was a shock: ‘Oh no, here we go again.’”

- On his experience in L.A. thus far:
“It’s been good being able to play and showcase some of my talent and being able to see the hard work I’ve put in to get here actually pay off. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been an adjustment. Once you’re on the scouting report, it’s a whole different game. That’s another battle within itself, but I’m still figuring it out. It’s encouraging cause I’ve really felt I’ve held my own.”

- On Bazemore as a player:
Mike D’Antoni: “Physically, he’s a talent. Defensively, he’s very active and very smart. There are things you can’t teach he has and the things he doesn’t have you can teach. It’s a matter of giving him more playing time and experience and staying true to himself and staying honed in.”

- On what areas of the game Bazemore can improve upon moving forward:
D’Antoni: “What we’re trying to get him to do is make the right plays consistently. He needs to be able to attack the basket and make the right play. That’s what we’re showing him on film and different things. If he improves his shot and his foul shot and (is) able to make that play, he can be a really significant player in our league.”