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Lakers Rookie Ryan Kelly Ready To Go For Lakers Training Camp Reviewed by Momizat on . With the 48th pick in this year's NBA Draft, the Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly out of Duke University. Kelly, a sharp shooting forward, was the Lakers only draft pi With the 48th pick in this year's NBA Draft, the Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly out of Duke University. Kelly, a sharp shooting forward, was the Lakers only draft pi Rating:
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Lakers Rookie Ryan Kelly Ready To Go For Lakers Training Camp

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20130711_123548_0711_SPT_TDB-L-Lakers.159-L_500With the 48th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, the Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly out of Duke University. Kelly, a sharp shooting forward, was the Lakers only draft pick this season, and was drafted following an operation to repair an injured foot.

Kelly’s operation sidelined him for the Lakers Summer League, where the team was able to get good looks at guys like Elias Harris and Marcus Landry — both of whom were invited to training camp this year (Harris on a guaranteed deal). Without being able to play in Summer League, Kelly is entering camp a bit behind other invites, and was expected to take another step back by not being fully healthy by the start of camp. However, according to The Herald Sun’s Steve Weisman, Kelly will be ready to go when the Lakers open camp on September 29.

“I am ready to go,” Kelly said.

Even though he said he hasn’t had any problems with pain or swelling in the right foot [sic] two months, Kelly said the Lakers medical team took a cautious approach before clearing him. He was fine with that.

“With pro sports, your body is truly your career,” Kelly said. “I was told by many a person that has played to make sure you are 100 percent healthy and don’t try to come back. Just take care of your body first. You have to be physically sound at that level.”

Kelly is going to have to have a great training camp to make this year’s Opening Night roster. He’s behind the curve on the defensive end and lacks the athleticism that will bode well in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s fast paced offensive system. Kelly is going to have to shoot his way onto the Lakers roster, because that’s really the only skill set that can set him apart from other invites.

Regardless of whether or not Kelly makes the team, it’s good to see that he’s fully healthy and ready to go.

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  • Jim213

    Don’t see R Kelly making the roster this year given his longer than expected rehab which likely took weeks off of training before camp.

  • Daryl Peek

    Great news! This is likely why they signed him last week. According to McMenamin, the Lakers are gonna carry the full 15 roster spots this year, til some of the non guaranteed ones become fully guaranteed. Trades and or cuts will likely happen then. 16 are in camp right now, under contract. I think Henry or Landry will be the odd man out.

  • richard

    I don’t see Kelly making the cut… i think Landry has a better chance to make it… both offensively and defensively…

    Pau, Hill, Johnson, Kobe, Nash
    Kaman, Williams, Harris, Young, Farmar
    Sacre, Landry, Henry, Meeks, Blake

    Agree with @daryl_peek:disqus that Kelly’s chance to make the roster is to bump either Landry or Henry…

    • Daryl Peek

      I think Kelly makes it just so they can have a rookie to haze. Somebody’s gotta carry the vets bags and do unessary chores on road trips, with Kelly and Harris you got two gofers. LOL

      • richard

        That is a good one… lol

    • Jim213

      Eric Pincus Tweet: Mitch Kupchak said he doesn’t expect Ryan Kelly to participate a lot in
      training camp (not a good sign for a guy with a non-guaranteed deal)

  • Eddie Lazaro

    The key is being Healthy and Stepping Up for (non guaranteed) everyone to get in. Then the Intensity and adopting to the system to have a contributing factor to the roster. In Kelly’s case, he is way behind everyone as far as fitness and conditioning due to slow surgical recovery. He has s lot of catching up to do to be able to compete for a slot on the roster, but if he can do it, he can be a great offense contributor on the roster.

    • Jim213

      Per Eric Pincus: I did see Ryan Kelly for a quick moment – didn’t have a chance to talk
      to him – in a difficult situation with his foot limiting him still

  • The Rock

    Ryan Kelly will be a NBA player at some point just not now.Bet on Shawne Williams making it!

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