The Los Angeles Lakers had an action packed day at the Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday working out over a dozen NBA draft prospects. The morning started out with the following workouts: Tyler Ennis, Brendan Lane, Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris, and Zach LaVine. The workouts consisted of ball handling drills, post moves, moves off the dribble, 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and concluded with getting 60 shots up. LaVine impressed with a 46-inch vertical, setting the Lakers workout record. The prospects visited with the media after their workout.
Noah Vonleh on the Lakers: “The Lakers were one of my favorite teams growing up. When I think of the Lakers, I think of a championship program.”
Tyler Ennis on today’s workout: “To be able to come and work out here with such a great group is something I’ll remember forever.”
Zach LaVine on today’s 46 inch vertical: “I think I was pumped a little bit, you know, Lakers!”
Brendan Lane on which NBA player his game parallels the most: “I’ve always been compared to Ryan Anderson, stretch-four, be able to knock down the three. I like modeling my game after him.”
Marcus Smart’s one word to describe himself: “Determination.”
Marcus Smart on the biggest misconception people have about him: “My character. Everybody thinks that because of that incident (shoving a Texas Tech fan) I’m a bad guy, I’m a thug. If you really understand me, you know that my character is one of the best characters that you can have and it won’t change. That little incident didn’t affect how I am as a person.”
Gary Harris: “I feel like I have everything to offer. You need me to make shots, handle the ball a little bit, play defense. I’m willing to do whatever.”
For the second round of workouts this afternoon (Doug McDermott, Aaron Gordon, James Young, Elfrid Payton, Davion Berry and Jerry Evans), click here.
Lakers Nation Interviews Marcus Smart