Kent Bazemore used to be known for two things.
He was the guy with the comically over-the-top celebrations on the
He was also the rookie who found his car filled with popcorn as part of a prank last year.
His basketball life has changed considerably in the span of a week.
Bazemore, 24, keeps getting points and playing time with the
It's been a blur for Bazemore, who arrived with MarShon Brooks for
Bazemore has averaged 16 points and 31 minutes in two games with the Lakers, also earning his first career start Sunday.
His one shortcoming was his defense against the
"It's tough," Bazemore acknowledged afterward.
He'll happily take the on-the-job experience. His career averages with Golden State were 2.1 points and 5.1 minutes.
"It's fun playing in the biggest market outside of New York. It's a blast," Bazemore said. "People down here, they don't really like Golden State, so I was kind of nervous about that but they greeted me with open arms. They're cheering me on. You can hear the little claps from the crowd when they call my name."
Undrafted after his senior year at Old Dominion, Bazemore makes $762,195 in his second
Bazemore enjoyed his time with the Warriors except for one incident. He was on a treadmill for a post-practice workout while a group of NBA veterans, led by
"I couldn't even move my seats back," he said. "The most frustrating thing ever. They set me up. It was good. The smell was in there four or five months."
He chose not to retaliate. "Those guys have too much money and too much time on their hands. I might come outside to find a hot pink car or something," he said.
It didn't dim his enthusiasm from the end of the Warriors' bench.
Nor did it stop him from interacting heavily with fans on Twitter, retweeting followers' observations or pictures and occasionally honoring their requests.
"Sometimes I'll give away a pair of shoes after the game if a kid will tweet me with, 'Hey, can I get your shoes?'" Bazemore said. "That stuff goes a long way. And at the end of the day, you never know who their parents are. The basketball's going to stop bouncing and I may need a job."
In a season filled with injuries, forwards Johnson and