Lights, camera, action: Kent Bazemore makes his Rip City debut


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Kent Bazemore is officially a Portland Trail Blazer.

The forward-guard got his first taste of Rip City on Wednesday in an introductory press conference with reporters. Bazemore, who was acquired via a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, sat next to general manager Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts and let his new team know he's ready to compete.

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"I'm excited to have them as allies now," Bazemore said. "The culture here is great. I'm here to continue to move the franchise in the right direction and that's winning a championship. It's like the first time you meet your wife, it just fits your eyes."

Stotts said Bazemore's athleticism and versatility will be an asset for Portland, as he has skills on both ends of the floor.

"Guys like Kent have a way of impacting the game on their own, whether it's defensively or rebounding or getting out in the lane or a timely three," Stotts said. "I think he fills a lot of those things we're looking for at the offensive end and defensively he can guard three different positions. I think his versatility will help us."

Watch the video above to see Bazemore's action-packed first day, which included exclusive interviews with Trail Blazers insider Dwight Jaynes and Rip City Drive's Chad Doing and Jay Allen.

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