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Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore
Position: G
Born: 07/01/89
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:201 lbs. / 91.2 kg.
Salary: $2,000,000
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club is inviting fans to tip off the 2015-16 season at the team’s draft party, allowing attendees at Philips Arena to watch the opening round of the NBA Draft on June 25 with fellow supporters. Fresh off a record-breaking 60-win season and the organization’s first Eastern Conference Finals appearance, Atlanta owns the No. 15 pick in the draft’s first round, scheduled to air beginning at 7:00 p.m. The party, co-hosted by Hawks radio and television announcers Steve Holman and Bob Rathbun, will feature appearances by Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, Hawks alumni, Harry the Hawk and team cheerleaders, as well as a complimentary photo booth located on the arena floor. The team’s radio flagship, WZGC-FM 92.9 The Game, will be on-site with a live broadcast and draft analysis.
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Q: Does Danny Ferry’s name come up in the locker room much? Kent Bazemore: Yeah, you know, he’s definitely a huge part of this year’s success. It was unfortunate what happened, but that doesn’t change the way I feel about Mr. Ferry. I flew into Atlanta this summer and had lunch with him. And he’s a great guy. We sat there, we laughed, we joked. He has a huge group of friends, believe it or not, in the NBA. So I look at it as a business. He’s trying to do his best for his organization, and he’s done a great job of getting the right guys in and creating a team that’s number one in the East and almost the best team in the NBA right now, recordwise. He could win the GM award. That tenure down in San Antonio, he was around a lot of great guys. But he was able to go to an entirely different organization and kind of plant the same roots. I’m definitely honored to be a part of that tree. I can actually say that I played under one of the best coaching trees and organizations in basketball.
For Kent Bazemore, most of his vitamin sessions have centered on his reconfigured shooting stroke. Not long after Bazemore signed with the Hawks last year, he began working with the assistant coach Ben Sullivan, who picked apart Bazemore’s mechanics. Bazemore had an elongated motion, and the ball tended to come off his ring finger and pinkie. “Ben’s a very forward guy,” Bazemore said. “He pretty much said, ‘I’ve been looking at your jumper, and I honestly don’t know how you make shots.’ ”
The Hawks compare themselves to an expensive watch (“We’re all a gear,” says guard Kent Bazemore) and a deep-dish pizza (“We’re all a piece,” says Teague). When Teague took a charge this season, he hollered at Brand, “My first one ever!” And when he returned from a gimpy hamstring, he asked Budenholzer if he could come off the bench, “so I don’t mess us up.” A WWE devotee, Teague likens himself to Rey Mysterio, Korver to Shawn Michaels, Horford to Hulk Hogan, Millsap to The Undertaker. The team plays UNO or Spades together on the plane and adheres to breaking bread on the road, despite the limited menu options. “Coach takes us to these fancy Italian restaurants, with foie gras and escargot,” Brand laments. “We’re like, Hey, anybody got any french fries with ketchup over here?”
How did the locker room deal with the Danny Ferry situation? Kent Bazemore: We handled it well. At the end, everyone knows Mr. Ferry was around a ton. He’s a great guy, man. It’s a business at the end of the day and everyone makes mistakes, but we are not in any position to judge anyone… They’ve got transcripts or whatever… We don’t really know what was going on there. He’s still watching over us from a distance. He stills gets the bulk of the credit for turning around the Hawks organization. We kind of miss him. Coach Budenholzer has done a great job filling in, and also Mr. Steve Koonin. The sun is shining bright even on rainy days in the Hawks organization.
What was the reaction in the locker room when they saw the video? KB: They still repeat some of the hashtags. We all call Kyle ‘Machine Gun’ Korver now anytime he hits a three… Anytime one of the players makes a play, one of the guys on the bench will throw out one of the hashtags. It’s always a good time. Do you like the mean tweets by Jimmy Kimmel or the hashtag feature by Fallon? KB: They are both very hilarious and creative… I think the hashtag skit is probably the best, it requires a lot more skill, because it’s all on the fly, it’s very versatile, it can go in so many directions with it… The mean tweets, I can go to Twitter and search my name and find a thousand of those. The hashtag skit is probably my favorite of the two.
Let’s talk about the All-Star hashtag skit. It was a tribute to the one Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did, right? Kent Bazemore: Oh yeah, yeah, it was definitely a spinoff of that. The Hawks PR came up with the idea and myself and Mike Muscala did it. I hope they saw it, I hope they get to see it one day… And who came up with the nicknames? I loved ‘Better Call Paul’ Millsap and ‘Machine Gun’ Korver. KB: Thank you, man. Me and Mike spent a lot of time with the guys on the bench. Throughout the games we are always making hashtags, just fooling around, you know. Trying to stay in tune for the game, and the skit was like a synopsis of the foolery that can come up with.
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I guess you are satisfied with the decision you made signing with the Hawks this summer. Kent Bazemore: Yeah. I had a lot teams that reached out – the Warriors, the Lakers, they all reached out. Boston was a team that was there, the Charlotte Hornets were there… My agent did a great job looking at all the options. I’ve got a lot of family in the East Coast. My mom has already been at a few games… It feels good being here. A perfect match. I want to make a name for myself in this league and the Hawks are trying to do the same.
Two starters, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, will be free agents at the end of the season. How important would be for the team to keep those guys? Kent Bazemore: I think the way we’re playing, how we finish out the season will speak volumes for any free agents we have coming up. The chemistry is great, we are all familiar with each other. I think it’ll work out.
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On whether the Spurs did contact him, Bazemore confirmed there were some discussions between he and San Antonio over the summer. “Yeah,” said Bazemore, “they reached out to my agent, showed some interest, but I came here (Atlanta), so the second best thing obviously – same system.” I asked Bazemore why he chose Atlanta in the end, despite being pursued by a few teams when he was a free agent. “It was a good mix, an up-and-coming team, myself, I’m an up-and-coming player,” said Bazemore. “The system is good, how the ball moves, a lot of pick-and-rolls stuff, those play to my strengths; how they play defensively, how active they are defensively and I was in talks with them a lot.”
The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Kent Bazemore, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “Kent’s competitiveness and versatility make him a great addition to our group,” Budenholzer said. “He can impact the game in a lot of ways, especially defensively guarding multiple positions. Kent’s work ethic and enthusiasm for the game make him a great teammate and great fit with the Hawks.”