Wednesday February 10th, 2016

In the latest episode of the Open Floor podcast, SI senior writer Lee Jenkins welcomes Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore to discuss his incredible journey from rural North Carolina to the NBA. Among the topics discussed in this week's episode:

• Bazemore grew up in a town of less than 300 people and took an untraditional path to the NBA. He was overlooked by college recruiters and NBA scouts, played in the D-League and bounced around the league before finding a home in the Hawks starting lineup. 

• Bazemore also discusses the "most embarrassing" night of his life, when he was arrested five minutes before his final game at Old Dominion. The Hawks forward gives listeners a behind-the-scenes story of what actually happened that night. 

• Bazemore looks back at his time in Golden State and watching the Warriors grow from a young team to a championship squad. Bazemore talks about the personalities on the roster along with his famous bench celebrations. 

• Other topics: Bazemore's love for running and cycling, being ranked No. 499 out of 500 NBA players by ESPN before his rookie season, guarding opposing team's best players, his distaste for iso ball, rebuilding his jumpshot and more. 

MORE OPEN FLOOR: Earl Watson on his remarkable rise to Suns coach

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