Monthly Archive for October, 2013

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Kobe Goes Out of the Country

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.”

Bryant Has Third-Most Jersey Sales Worldwide

ts_131003kobe_jersey670Kobe Bryant came in at No. 3 for most popular jersey sales worldwide for the 2012-13 season, according to a release from the NBA. Derrick Rose and LeBron James came in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The rankings are based on Adidas global sales in advance of the NBA Global Games, which tips off Oct. 5.

Bryant also had the third-most jersey sales in China, Europe and the Philippines and the second-most jersey sales in Latin America. Teammate Steve Nash had 11th most worldwide, while Pau Gasol had the fifth-most sales in Europe.

The Lakers, along with 11 other NBA teams, will play a combined 10 preseason and regular-season games in 10 cities in seven countries as part of the 2013-14 Global Games schedule. L.A. will face Golden State in Beijing on Oct. 15 and again in Shanghai on Oct. 18 as part of their preseason slate.