Kelly Making Progress

Ryan Kelly Media AvailabilityOff on one of the side courts in the Lakers practice facility, second-round draft pick Ryan Kelly participated in shooting drills along with Chris Kaman. It was the second day Kelly did some light work on the hardwood.

“Where I’m at physically, that’s hard to say,” Kelly said. “It’s going to take some time … (I’m) trying to stay involved as much as I can.”

The former Duke product underwent surgery on his right foot on April 9, but had yet to be cleared by doctors in mid-July. The Lakers signed him on September 20, but they have been cautious during his recovery process.

“(Health) is the most important thing and that’s why I’ve been following what the Lakers have asked me medically,” Kelly said.

Kelly did miss playing in summer league, and has been limited thus far in camp in terms of participating in drills and 5-on-5 scrimmages. But he maintains there is no rush to get back onto the court.

“Certainly I want that opportunity, but health is more important than just one year (in your career), he said. “I’m a competitor and I want to be on the court obviously, and show what I can do, but you have to take care of your health first.”