It’s always nice when you trade for guys who appreciate the Lakers’ winning tradition.
The Los Angeles Lakers moved Steve Blake for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore on Wednesday night, and it looks as if both players will make their debut for the purple and gold tonight against the Boston Celtics.
For Brooks, suiting up for the Lake Show and being the Black Mamba’s teammate is something he’s dreamed about since he was a kid growing up in New Jeresy.
“I was excited,” Brooks said of the trade during his first meeting with L.A. media earlier today. “I grew up a Lakers fan [and a] big Kobe Bryant fan. I’m just excited to get to work.”
While it may be a dream come true for the 25-year-old to don the purple and gold, the main thing Brooks is looking for is playing time, something he hasn’t been given over the last few years.
“I haven’t played basketball in a long time to be honest with you,” Brooks said. He was serious, too.
After a successful rookie season where he put up averages of 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game, Brooks has struggled to see the floor ever since, and he’s hoping that playing in Mike D’Antoni’s system will give him an opportunity to get his career back on track.
While he’s well-known as an offensive player, Brooks says that Laker fans can expect something other than scoring from the 2011 draft pick.
“It’s a great tradition. A lot of winning,” Brooks said of the Lakers’ organization. “Just look around at the banners. But the main thing [is] the fans just appreciate hard work. When they see someone going out there [who] dives for loose balls … the team isn’t winning right now, but if we can just go out there and try to play with high intensity, [we can] let them know that we play hard.”
At the end of the day, that’s all that you can ask for.
The fans respect players who try their hardest, even if that means they end up losing a game. However, one thing they won’t tolerate is players who don’t try.
If Brooks plays hard from the get-go like he says he will, his boyhood dream may end up becoming a reality for more than just 28 games.