Former Midwest City star Matt Kemp has packed a lot of life experience into his 23 years. As a Bomber, Kemp helped Midwest City to a state championship in basketball, but he also saw two teammates, Shelden Williams and De'Angelo Alexander, investigated on charges of sexual assault. Kemp was also questioned by police as a witness. Charges were never filed, but it's an experience that sticks with Kemp to this day. In his debut year with the Dodgers, Kemp hit .342 last season. He talks about life in LA, trade rumors and his feud with teammate Jeff Kent. Through it all, Kemp has called on his Oklahoma roots to stay grounded. I really didn't know that I wanted to play baseball until I got to rookie ball. My first year in rookie ball I wasn't into playing baseball. I wanted to go back home and play basketball. I didn't know if I made the right decision, but I stuck with it and it's something I really grew to love and I'll never regret. Getting into a groove just happens. The ball looks like a beach ball. I'm not going to say it's easy, but things just happen. When you get in that groove, you don't want to get out of it. Sometimes you can feel yourself getting out of it, but working before games in the cage is important. It didn't take too long to get used to LA. There are always people coming into the locker room. Adam Sandler.... I've seen Toby Keith a million times. You kind of get used to it after awhile. You see a lot of movie stars at the games. There's not really one guy that I wanted to meet. I've met a lot of baseball players that I've wanted to meet. Barry Bonds and Ozzie Smith. I don't get too star struck. I get star struck from players I watched growing up. Things happen. You could be in the wrong places at the wrong time. It was an unfortunate situation. Nothing happened. You learn you have to be careful. Somebody could take all your accomplishments away from you by saying something that's not true. You have to be careful. It's a dangerous world. Money is another thing. You get paid pretty good being in the big leagues. Once you get it, you can get it taken away real quick. I'm still learning about how to take care of my money. I reward myself if I have a good week. I'll go get some clothes. I like clothes and shoes, that's probably the big thing. I haven't really splurged too much. You have to stay focused and not get away from what it is you need to do to get where you need to be. Being in the big leagues there's a lot of distractions. The night life in LA is crazy. Don't get too comfortable because people are out to get you, especially if they see you doing good things. They want to ruin that so you can be on the same level as them. The trade stuff is a little crazier this year. You hear a lot of teams going after me. There's no other place I'd rather be than LA. I don't want to leave there. I'd be disappointed if I got traded. It's hard to have that hanging over your head because you think about it all the time. You can get that call, a random number and that could be it. I don't know who calls you, I've never been traded. But I'm always looking at my phone when it rings and sometimes I'm kind of nervous. Jeff had said some things. Everyone was frustrated. We were losing and we weren't going to the playoffs. It was a team thing. It's unfortunate the papers got hold of some stuff and blew a little thing out of proportion. That's what papers do sometimes, but we settled it. He's (Junior Spivey) the one who took my game to the next level. He brought me out to Arizona and we worked out. He's one of the hardest working guys I've ever associated with. I've learned a lot from him. I think he (Barry Bonds) did what he did. You know, it's hard. Nobody knows if he did steroids. They haven't proved it. He's one of the best players ever to play the game. You still have to put the bat on the ball. The things that he did, nobody knows but even if he did you still have to play every day.