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Ryan Kelly: 2014 Exit Interview

IMG_0583Rookie Ryan Kelly appeared in 59 games (25 starts) towards averages of 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 42.3 percent field goals overall and 33.8 percent on three-pointers. While working his way back from a foot injury, Kelly played five contests with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers NBA D-League affiliate, and posted marks of 25.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.

- Opening statement:
“This has obviously been a tough year for us as a team and for the organization. But it’s something as individuals we’ve grown a lot. I know for me personally, I’ve grown a lot as a player and as a person. I would’ve never imagined being drafted by the Lakers and being in the position I am today. I’m excited for my future going forward.”

- On the feedback he received in his exit meeting:
“My feedback has been pretty consistent. Everybody was happy with my play as a rookie. If you ask me, I shouldn’t have been the 48th pick anyway. I was lucky I fell to a great organization like the Lakers to get that opportunity.”

- On when he felt like himself prior to his injury:
“Playing in the D-League was huge. Getting a lot of minutes, getting into shape and have a free flowing attitude and playing. I wasn’t lacking in any confidence in my ability. I constantly had a chip on my shoulder that teams that had picked the players before me had made a mistake that I wasn’t an NBA player.”

- On what he showed he can do as a player in his first year in the league and what he needs to do to take that next step as a player:
“For my growth, I showed I can do a lot of things. Most rookies have their ups and downs and I did too. There were times where I shot the ball better at times and was moving better at times. The more physically stronger I can become, the better player I can become. I’ve shown that I can play at the highest level.” Kelly also noted he wanted to become a knock down shooter in this league.

- On what this offseason regimen will entail:
“For my skillset, I have to become a better shooter. When people run at you, you have to have able to put the ball on the floor and make plays. It’s going to be about strength, but not necessarily about weight. I’m never going to be 260 pounds like some of the big power forwards, but I have to keep adding strength and muscle. I’ve started to do that and I think this offseason will be huge for me.”

- On how much buying into the nutrition program the team abides by helped his progress:
“No question. I think for a rookie, I did a good job of buying into the nutrition thing. I was in survival mode in this league and (trying) to find any way to stay in. For me, that’s going to be a huge part of my future – handling my body and handling my nutrition.”

R. Kelly Performing R. Kelly

140407_kellyAs part of his rookie duties, Ryan Kelly gave his own rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” at the Lakers Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational and Dinner.

I see you Rook! @ryankelly34

After his basketball career is over, who thinks he can be the next American Idol?

Rivalry Week: Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall

This isn’t just a normal week.

There’s a big game with North Carolina hosting No. 8 Duke tonight at 6:00 p.m. PT.

Which also means some friendly trash talking between Duke product Ryan Kelly and North Carolina product Kendall Marshall.

On Monday, Kelly had this to tweet in response to Marshall kicking his sneakers to the floor.

On Tuesday, Marshall posted a picture on his Instagram.

Former rivals and now teammates engaging in some good ol’ trash talking.
*Check out Marshall’s Twitter and see what else he has to say about Duke fans.

Hangin’ with the Lakers in Miami

ts_140122kobecanes670After flying into Miami on Tuesday in advance of their Thursday matchup with the Heat, many of the Lakers players caught the Duke Blue Devils-Miami Hurricanes college basketball game in the evening.

Kobe Bryant, who went to class earlier at the University of Miami, received some love from the crowd.

Bryant also has Duke ties with coach Mike Krzyzewksi, whom he played under during the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, when USA captured the gold medal both times. Rookie Ryan Kelly, who attended Duke for four years, came to support his alma mater.

Even North Carolina product Kendall Marshall was in attendance, albeit he switched seats with a ‘dook’ fan to sit behind the Hurricanes bench.

Harris, Kelly Play In D-Fenders Home Opener

Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles LakersDespite key performances from Lakers assignment players Elias Harris (18 points two rebounds, two assists) and Ryan Kelly (24 points, nine rebounds), the D-Fenders dropped their season opener against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 124-114.

Kelly scored 21 of his points in the second half after battling foul trouble in the first two quarters.

“It took me awhile to get adjusted,” Kelly said. “I just had to figure things out and continue to be aggressive.”

Meanwhile, Harris helped paced the D-Fenders in the first half with 15 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

Postgame, the Gonzaga product believed he could have played much better in all aspects of his game, particularly on the defensive end. When on assignment, Harris sees this as a time to craft the work he puts in with the Lakers development coaches.

“With the Lakers, we work a lot individually and it’s a perfect time to try it in the game and see if it works for me or not,” Harris said. “It’s a good experience for me here in the D-League.”

Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State WarriorsFor Kelly, it was his first look at extended game action since his senior year in college after sitting out all of summer league and playing a total of 33 minutes during the preseason, and seven minutes through the team’s first 13 contests.

Overall, he said he felt fine physically and sees this as a chance to work on different parts of his game.

“It’s a matter of getting minutes on the floor and having an opportunity to work on my game and get better in every aspect,” he said. “I have a set role with the Lakers, and I want to continue to grow in that. But when I step on the floor with the D-League team, I can look to create more and be a little of a different player – the player I want to be eventually for the Lakers.”

Lakers Open Practice in Beijing

practice1Lakers practice on Sunday morning had all of the usual components: dissection of the offense; drills on defense; shooting work; and on the bright side for the team, participation from Steve Nash (ankle), Wesley Johnson (strained foot), Jordan Farmar (strained calf) and Ryan Kelly (foot).

And, oh yeah, the team is in Beijing, China.

“It’s really exciting to be here,” said Farmar. “I was actually here with the Nets once before, but it’s great to have this much time to spend with teammates, and have a cultural experience from some huge basketball fans.”

nash1Farmar strained his left calf in L.A.’s first preseason game last Saturday, and has yet to return to game action, but said he’s feeling better by the day and hopes to return to game action soon. The team’s next game is on Tuesday, against Golden State in Beijing, and he’s calling himself a question mark at this time.

Kelly is also a question mark for that game, but the second round pick out of Duke continues to ramp up his work in practice and participated in all of Sunday’s session.

Johnson left the team’s second preseason game (Sunday vs. Denver) in the first half and has yet to return to action, but did practice fully for the first time, and hopes to play on Tuesday. Likewise, Nash thinks he’ll play against Golden State. His ankle continues to be bothersome, but he practiced in full before icing down (pictured) after the fact.

As such, everybody on the roster but Kobe Bryant (Achilles) practiced. Though in fairness, Bryant’s handling of his incredible celebrity in China appears* to be pretty hard work in its own right.
*Check for videos throughout the week.

After practice, the players and team staff boarded some buses destined for the Great Wall of China, the first of many cultural experiences of the week in the Far East.

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.”

Ryan Kelly Injury Update

Ryan Kelly Media AvailabilityLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemLakers forward Ryan Kelly had his right foot examined on Monday. The examination was performed by Dr. Kenneth Jung, a foot specialist of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

The diagnosis from the CT scan was that Kelly is a minimum of 6 weeks from being cleared for running and jumping.

Kelly underwent surgery on his right foot on April 9th, 2013. He was drafted with the 48th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Lakers after spending 4 years at Duke.

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