Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Power forward Carlos Boozer was welcomed by general manager Mitch Kupchak and the Los Angeles Lakers at the team’s El Segundo headquarters.
The Lakers acquired Boozer, who was waived by the Chicago Bulls through an amnesty provision with a $3.25 million bid.
Kupchak still can’t believe that the 13-year-veteran will be joining the Lakers next season.
Boozer is excited to play alongside superstar Kobe Bryant.
“He’s one of the best players ever to put on a jersey. His drive to win is very contagious. His hunger is contagious, and I look forward to being a part of it,” Boozer added.
The former all-star aims repeat the success that he and Bryant had playing in the 2008 Olympics.
According to Boozer, Bryant told him to be ready to lead the team and to surprise a lot of people.
Boozer is optimistic that the new squad will have a strong chance for success, after a woeful 27-55 record last season.
“We have a lot of athleticism, a lot of young guys and we also got Kobe coming back, which I’m excited to be playing with him,” he added.
Bryant, who missed last season due to injury is healthy and motivated, according to Boozer.
Besides being a scorer and rebounder for the Lakers next season, Boozer will also be molding the team’s budding big men.
Namely 7th overall pick Julius Randle and free-agent acquistion Ed Davis.
Boozer who played his 4th season for the Bulls in 2013-14, averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.