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Player Development Coach Looking To Help Johnson, Young Get Shots Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers recently named Larry Lewis as their new Player Development Coach after two years on the Los Angeles D-Fenders staff. Two years ago those D-Fenders ha The Lakers recently named Larry Lewis as their new Player Development Coach after two years on the Los Angeles D-Fenders staff. Two years ago those D-Fenders ha Rating:
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Player Development Coach Looking To Help Johnson, Young Get Shots

Nick YoungThe Lakers recently named Larry Lewis as their new Player Development Coach after two years on the Los Angeles D-Fenders staff. Two years ago those D-Fenders had eight players get called up to the NBA.

Now as a new member of the Lakers staff, it is his job to help the players play to the best of their ability. But to do that, he, like other new players on the roster, must learn a new system. And to do that, Lewis is tudying the game tapes, as he told Lakers reporter Mike Trudell:

Mike’s been running this system for a while now, and you can go back and look at how players got their shots, for example, in Phoenix or New York, or in certain actions last season in L.A.

The guys who may benefit the most from this could be young wings Wesley Johnson and Nick Young. When asked about looking at guys like Raja Bell and Joe Johnson operating in the system and how it could help him understand how to get Young and Johnson better looks, Lewis was positive that it would help:

Exactly. That type of preparation has to happen first so that when we get on the court with a player, we have a clear understanding of the system and the language of that system.

Hopefully Lewis’ presence can allow these improvements to come to fruition. Despite everyone believing Kobe will be back for opening night, the fact is we don’t know if that will be the case and these young guys will play a large role whether Kobe is on the court or not.

If the Lakers do indeed eclipse the 45 wins they got last season, these guys will be a big reason why and their development is in the hands of Lewis. Lets hope all of Lewis’ film study pays off.

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  • richard

    I want to hear comments from the same people who says the value of training camp is overrated…. what do you have to say about this?

    • Eddie Lazaro

      People who never played pro ball will never understand the meaning of it, much less it’s importance. It is where they start building chemistry, cohesion, timing, team work and synchronicity. It is also there where they see the weakness and the strength of every players. Develop their weaknesses and elevate their strength. Learning the system, watching tapes, defending the plays, physical and mental conditioning. I can go on and on all day and will not even close to say everything that goes there. Those foolish ballers who think playing in a gym once a week knows it all, you are mistaken. The intensity of the games playing in the PRO level is so high that great drafts of college players folds comes playing time, finding out it is not just another game. To stay year after year at the highest level is another story. Great players are made, they are not born. Though some with natural talent, it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifices, dedications, intensity and commitments and that’s just being a player. To be the leader of a bunch of big ego players takes a special talent with strong personality to be convincing, believe and trust in you..

      • richard

        lol…. i thought you were a little “too carried away” with the reply, especially the last half of it… but you’re so right on… perhaps that’s what people we have been arguing here in the past several weeks really are… just an ordinary basketball fan who never played organized basketball or maybe even pick up a basketball and play 1-on-1, or 3-on-3, how much more the pros…

        • Eddie Lazaro

          Thanks. I though I bring in my two cents and educate the one’s who’ll listen

        • 3339

          training camp is important. the points eddie made describe it pretty well. but my point that I’ve been arguing on here is that with dantoni it doesn’t matter. all last year we had to listen to the dantoni had no training camp bs. If that team had a full training camp, they still would’ve looked lost. he’s not the right coach. a full training camp under this guy won’t do anything. get the right man in here and then we’re in business.

          • richard

            you are disagreeing yourself… you said training camp is important, but it is not important when it comes to MDA? What kind of statement is that?

            You are sounding more and more funny each day i read your comment… there may come a time when I will look at them, no more.

  • CARLITO BUBAN

    HOWARD GOING TO MAAAAAARRRSS

  • richard

    ESPN ranked our Lakers at #12 among Western Conference teams in thier preseason forecast for the upcoming regular season… I am encouraged, very encourage! REason is that… they have in all thier pre season predictions, they have almost always been wrong!

    • Eddie Lazaro

      WOW, from 7th down to 12th, meaning we are just up Phoenix, Sacramento and the Pelicans. Behind Utah, Blazers & Dallas and no playoffs? Who ever wrote that has too much on his pipe. He needs to come down with a good dose of an ice bath.

      • richard

        I don’t give much credit to it though… let’s see…

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