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Trevor Ariza looks back fondly

The former Laker, now with the Hornets, has had to grow up fast in his NBA career

Updated: March 26, 2011, 11:51 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- On Saturday, just a couple of miles away from Westchester High School where he played his prep ball, New Orleans Hornets forward Trevor Ariza reflected on the few years that have passed since he left the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I think I have more confidence as a player now," said Ariza, lounging in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton. "When I got to L.A., I rarely would look at the basket and playing [with the Lakers] got me a lot of confidence. So, when I played in Houston ...

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