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First Pitch at Dodger Stadium

L.A.’s favorite backcourt duo traded in their silver and black for Dodger Blue Wednesday night. The two San Fernando Valley natives visited Chavez Ravine to throw out the first pitch before the Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies.

They sign us up for a 10 day contract lol me and @jrfarmar

@swaggyp1 and Farmar in #Dodgers dugout

After some coaching from Dodgers legend Orel Hershiser, and a tour of the clubhouse, it was time for the moment of truth. Unfortunately it looks like Swaggy P’s skills are better suited for the court than the diamond as he sailed one high over infielder Dee Gordon’s head.

#swaggyknows honor to throw the opening pitch at the dodger game sign me up coach

A day at the ballpark w/ my brotha from anotha @swaggyp1 USC vs. UCLA night!!! #hisfirstpitchwasclassic #shaqtinafoolbaseball

Jordan Farmar, Nick Young Attend Kings Game

Goal!!! Kings score!!!! And my dog Bailey came thru to celebrate…

LA Kings Game Lets Go!! PlayOff … Feel honor they gave me my on Jersey, now put me out there coach #SwaggyKnows

About to storm the ice #swaggyonice lol

I’m bangin on the glass… @swaggyp1 on the ice… 2 LA kids just livin that life!!!

Xavier Henry: 2014 Exit Interview

Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento KingsXavier Henry appeared in 43 games (five starts) towards averages of 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals on 41.7 percent field goals and 34.1 percent on three-pointers. Of the injuries he dealt with, Henry missed nearly two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus and tore a ligament in his left wrist. He was officially shut down for the season on Apr. 4. Henry underwent successful surgeries on his knee and wrist on Apr. 11 and is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp.

*There is no accompanying video for Henry 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 saw from Henry this year:
Mike D’Antoni: “I’d never seen him play that much. He hadn’t played anywhere, so I think mostly he just got a chance to show what he had, and whether it’s an improvement or not, it’s just getting a chance to showcase it a little bit. The biggest thing he needs to make an improvement going forward is understanding when to drive, when not to drive. When to draw the defense and when to kick. That comes with experience and I think he improved at it, especially when he went to point guard. He showed signs of he’s getting better at it. But again, being young and being that this is the first time he’s played (extensively), he’s pretty good.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los’s Dave McMenamin

- On what he felt he was able to do this season:
“I just showed I can compete, just showed I can play in this league and help my team win. Contribute, be an impact player. That’s what I tried to do.”
*quote courtesy of ESPN Los’s Dave McMenamin

- On trying to play through his injuries to finish the year:
“(I’m) obviously not 100 percent, but I am going to push the most out of it I can for these last games and try to help the team win. All I can do is try my best and that’s all I am going to do. I wasn’t going to quit on my guys. I love playing in this system with his team and with our coaches. I’m going to try and make it last as long as I can. I’m having fun and I’m going to continue to have fun.”

- On the number of setbacks with his knee that delayed his return:
“When you get a lot of swelling, it forces other things to happen in whatever joint it is. And they didn’t want anything else to get hurt while my knee was swollen up, so we’d have to hold off, let the swelling get out and try it again.”

- On first receiving news that he had a torn ligament in his wrist:
“I was going to play anyway. The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

- On his two assignment games with the L.A. D-Fenders:
“I just wanted to get out there and play really. I wanted to make it through a game without my knee swelling up, without it getting really stiff, stuff like that.”

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.”

Seventh Inning Stretch with Kendall Marshall

gimme some peanuts and apple jacks! lmaooo 1st game, so fun! #Dodgers

Jodie Meeks at the Dodgers Game

Me and Magic at Dodgers stadium! #legendary

MarShon Brooks: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0627Acquired from Golden State on Feb. 19, MarShon Brooks appeared in 18 games with the Lakers towards averages of 6.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 assists on 48.9 percent field goals and 57.9 percent on three-pointers.

- On his time here in L.A.
“I don’t feel like I played bad. I thought I played pretty well but guys started coming back and I was the odd man out in terms of minutes. I started to lose a little confidence not knowing my role or not knowing when I’d get in the game.”

- On if it was frustrating for him being in that situation:
“It’s the NBA. All you can do is work hard and control what you can control. You’re only as good as your opportunity.”

- On the feedback he received from Mike D’Antoni:
“He knew I was talented. Just have to find a way to play within the system instead of being just a talented one-on-one player.”

- On the past year playing for three different teams (Celtics, Warriors, Lakers):
“I’m at a crossroads. I just have to go earn a spot, which I don’t mind at all.”

- On what he needs to do to improve as a player:
“Just be more efficient with the ball. Just continue to work on my body and get stronger, become a better shooter and make things happen faster.”

Kendall Marshall: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0596Claimed out of the NBA D-League in mid-December, Kendall Marshall soon found himself in the starting lineup due to injuries that hit every Lakers point guard. He appeared in 54 games (45 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 8.8 assists (second in the league) and 2.9 rebounds on 40.6 percent field goals and 39.9 percent on three-pointers. During one stretch in January, he posted five straight games of at least 10 points and 10 assists, one of three players to have such a streak this year.

- On how his exit meeting went and what type of feedback he received from Mitch Kupchak and Mike D’Antoni:

“Meeting went well. We talked about what I needed to get better at for next year. The main thing was the mental approach. Obviously I have some physical limitations so they want to make sure I master the game mentally. I felt like I was a rookie this year. Playing every single night and playing almost 40 minutes a night wore on me.”

- On if he envisioned being handed the reigns to an NBA team:
“I didn’t see that coming. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Certain things had to fall into place. I don’t wish injuries on anybody but I was the benefactor of that. When I first got here, I was just happy to be here. I was trying to be the greatest teammate. Then I realized I could play in this league. If I work hard I can play in this league.”

- On the influence Steve Nash had on him this year:
“Steve Nash is a great veteran. I felt like I was creeping on him. When you have a guy as great as him, you want to watch his every move. When he went out for his pregame workouts, I would pull out my phone and video tape him. I wanted to see what he does.”

- On what he learned this season:
“I showed I can run a team. I can get guys the ball. I don’t think it was ever a question but it was more solidified and I showed an ability to knock down shots. Now it’s just doing it on a more consistent basis.”

Ryan Kelly: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0583Rookie Ryan Kelly appeared in 59 games (25 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 42.3 percent field goals overall and 33.8 percent on three-pointers. While working his way back from a foot injury, Kelly played five contests with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers NBA D-League affiliate, and posted marks of 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.

- Opening statement:
“This has obviously been a tough year for us as a team and for the organization. But it’s something as individuals we’ve grown a lot. I know for me personally, I’ve grown a lot as a player and as a person. I would’ve never imagined being drafted by the Lakers and being in the position I am today. I’m excited for my future going forward.”

- On the feedback he received in his exit meeting:
“My feedback has been pretty consistent. Everybody was happy with my play as a rookie. If you ask me, I shouldn’t have been the 48th pick anyway. I was lucky I fell to a great organization like the Lakers to get that opportunity.”

- On when he felt like himself prior to his injury:
“Playing in the D-League was huge. Getting a lot of minutes, getting into shape and have a free flowing attitude and playing. I wasn’t lacking in any confidence in my ability. I constantly had a chip on my shoulder that teams that had picked the players before me had made a mistake that I wasn’t an NBA player.”

- On what he showed he can do as a player in his first year in the league and what he needs to do to take that next step as a player:
“For my growth, I showed I can do a lot of things. Most rookies have their ups and downs and I did too. There were times where I shot the ball better at times and was moving better at times. The more physically stronger I can become, the better player I can become. I’ve shown that I can play at the highest level.” Kelly also noted he wanted to become a knock down shooter in this league.

- On what this offseason regimen will entail:
“For my skillset, I have to become a better shooter. When people run at you, you have to have able to put the ball on the floor and make plays. It’s going to be about strength, but not necessarily about weight. I’m never going to be 260 pounds like some of the big power forwards, but I have to keep adding strength and muscle. I’ve started to do that and I think this offseason will be huge for me.”

- On how much buying into the nutrition program the team abides by helped his progress:
“No question. I think for a rookie, I did a good job of buying into the nutrition thing. I was in survival mode in this league and (trying) to find any way to stay in. For me, that’s going to be a huge part of my future – handling my body and handling my nutrition.”

Robert Sacre: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0563Second-year center Robert Sacre appeared in 65 games (13 starts) towards averages of 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds on 47.7 percent field goals in 16.8 minutes.

- On what he learned most from this season:
“That I belong. Sometimes it’s tough for coaches to deal with players that don’t know where they fit in this league. I feel like I fit in this system.”

- On where he sees his game improving:
“I see myself being a really good player, offensively and defensively. I need to improve on some stuff and I need to be realistic, but I feel like I can get there.” Sacre noted that his increased playing time this year helped with his development.

- On playing with Steve Nash:
“Steve has been a great influence on me from the fact we came from the same area. If he can’t play due to his body, he’ll be around and you can take whatever is in his mind and use it towards your game. I’m definitely going to be picking his brain.”

- On what he saw from the guys throughout the season:
“We had to deal with a lot of adversity. It showed a lot of character on the team. People stuck with it and bought into the system even though it wasn’t the season we wanted. It showed a lot of character how guys toughed it out.”