It didn’t take long for Ryan Kelly to spark a favorable impression. Moments after making his Lakers debut in last week’s preseason loss to Golden State in Beijing Kelly made a three-point shot. It brought reminders why the Lakers drafted the former Duke standout 48th overall in this year’s draft. It also prompted a prominent Lakers’ star to provide some positive feedback. “Kobe (Bryant) said to me ‘You just fired up a three on your first shot. I think I would’ve tried taking it to the basket’ ” Kelly recalled. “I said ‘Hey that’s what they brought me here to do.’ ” The only question remains if Kelly will have enough time to showcase his worth. He stayed sidelined for summer league and most of training camp while rehabbing his surgically repaired right foot. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also described Kelly as “all over the place” after averaging five points on 36.6 percent shooting in 12 minutes through two preseason appearances. The Lakers have only two exhibition games left against the Utah Jazz including tonight at Staples Center and Friday at Honda Center. The Lakers then will trim their 16-player roster either to 14 or 15 on Saturday so those players have time to clear waivers by the Monday deadline.
Ryan Kelly making good impression on Lakers
L.A. Daily News | Oct 25