The Norwich man played 45 times for Tottenham between 2009-2012, scoring the first-ever goal for Spurs in the Champions League, against Young Boys of Berne.
The lessons he learned along the way persuaded Norwich manager Chris Hughton, also a former Tottenham player and assistant manager, to make him Norwich club captain this summer.
Bassong said: "They were great years at Spurs for me. I learned a lot playing in the Champions League with William Gallas and having Harry Redknapp as manager taught me a lot too. It gave me experience. I have had bad times too, but I am happy because I wouldn't have been the player I am today.
"It is a great honour for me to be captain. There is a lot of responsibility. That's good for me. It doesn't change much for me. I used to be really vocal anyway so I have just stayed the same. You want your team to do well."
An impressive win against Southampton in their last league match, plus an opening draw with Everton, has seen Norwich make a solid start to the season.
Yet the trip to White Hart Lane will be a big test of the £25m worth of reinforcements Hughton has drafted in during the summer.
That is a quarter of the cash Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has spent on players such as Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, ultimately funded by the world-record cash they received for Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
Tottenham, however, have so far looked like a side striving to fit all the pieces together.
Bassong said: "They've been busy in the summer and bought some good players. Bale has gone, but it will still be a tough game.
"Everything says Spurs are a better team than us, which is true, but we will work hard and see what comes.
"The quality players have to adapt to the Premier League. It's up to them how they work at training. I hope they'll not be ready, but even if they are we will give them a good challenge."
Bassong's job could be looking after the elusive Soldado and he admits having done his homework on the former Valencia striker.
"I've seen Soldado," said Bassong. "I watch a lot of Spanish football. He's a goal-scorer, a real threat in the box and we will have to be careful.
"But there is no pressure playing Spurs or Manchester United or any of the big clubs. They are meant to be better than us but if we give our best maybe we can catch something good."
Norwich's squad could be boosted by striker Gary Hooper, whose debut after his summer signing from Celtic has been put on hold by a shin problem.
Bassong is also feeling his way back after a summer operation on his knee.
The 27-year--old Cameroon international said: "The win against Southampton gave us a boost. We are in a good mood.
"I have played the last two games. It takes a while to get back to normal but I have been training every day. I need a couple more games to be at my best level but I am feeling pretty good at the moment."