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Lakers notes: New addition Kent Bazemore celebrating new role

first_imgBazemore will also stay patient collaborating bench celebrations with Robert Sacre, who became a fan favorite last season for similar antics. “We’re going to do it,” Bazemore said. “It’s going to be great.” Injury updateD’Antoni estimated Xavier Henry could return in a week after sitting out since Dec. 29 because of a bone bruise in his right knee. He practiced Saturday, though he has yet to advance to full-court five-on-five drills. Young said Henry also threw down a one-handed dunk. Said Young: “I was worried when I saw him in the air. But he says he’s all right.”He said itYoung on advice he’d give Bazemore and Brooks: “Pass me the ball!” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It happened so fast, you can’t get a celebration on your mind,” Bazemore said. “When you’re watching, it’s a big difference.”Instead, Bazemore provided that energy in the game. D’Antoi praised Bazemore’s defense. He even jumped over the bench to chase a loose ball. After making a late-game 3-pointer, Bazemore celebrated by holding out three fingers.“I have to raise the bar,” said Bazemore, who lamented his two turnovers. “That’s going to be one good thing for me in this league, if I start on the defensive and let everything take care of it self.”Plenty of friends and family members reached out to Bazemore afterward, including Blaine Taylor, his college coach at Old Dominion.“A lot of the things he was trying to tell me being a hard-headed 18- or 19-year old is coming to fruition now,” said Bazemore, who had a small role his first two seasons in Golden State behind a bloated backcourt. “I was a guy who liked to gamble in the passing lanes and make the spectacular play that you’ll only get one out of 10 times, especially in this league. Just stay solid and the ball will come to you.”center_img It turns out there are some unintended consequences of Kent Bazemore suddenly earning a prominent role with the Lakers.He won’t be able to celebrate as much on the bench. Even with seldom-used playing time with the Golden State Warriors, Bazemore became a fan favorite for his colorful bench celebrations. So much that his celebrations became known as “Bazemoring.”“I’ll ask him if he wants to play or sit on that bench and be that guy,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni joked. “We’ll see what his response will be.”Instead, Bazemore will likely play when the Lakers (19-36) host the Brooklyn Nets (25-27) tonight at 6 at Staples Center, though it remains unclear since Nick Young will return after missing the past seven games because of a fractured left knee. The Lakers acquired Bazemore and MarShon Brooks on Wednesday from Golden State for Steve Blake, a move that freed up $4 million in combined salary and luxury taxes. Despite having zero practice time, Bazemore and Brooks combined for 24 points on 12–of-21 shooting and played the entire fourth quarter.last_img read more

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