Jeremy Lin is reportedly working on his defense in preparation for the 2014-2015 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers training camp is just under two weeks away, starting Sept. 29 at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. The team’s first preseason game is Oct. 6 against the Denver Nuggets at the Valley View Casino Center. The preseason ends with a game against the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas on Oct. 24.
Byron Scott has stressed that defensive will be a priority with the Lakers.
According to FanSided, Lin posted videos showing his workout regimen that he says will make him better on defense.
“This offseason I have been working really hard on my defense, footwork, and explosiveness. A huge component that I needed to work on is my core stability (having good posture, being able to stay low in my defensive stance, and being able to stay balanced while absorbing contact). Only 19 days left till training camp…can’t wait to get back on the court! #LakersNation #PurpleandGold,” he said, according to the website.
Meanwhile, the Lakers have considered adding free agent center Ryan Hollins. “He’s been in talks with the [Miami] Heat, [Sacramento] Kings, [Chicago] Bulls, Lakers, [and San Antonio] Spurs, among others,” said Sirius/XM NBA Radio, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Hollins spent the last two season with the Clippers.
Regarding Kobe Bryant, Tony Ronzone, an international scout, said that the future Hall of Famer left an impression on some players during a 2007 Team USA match.
He went after Leandro Barbosa of Brazil in the Group B phase and dove onto the floor to retrieve a loose ball.
“I swear that was the turning point,” Ronzone said, according to Bleacher Report. “You saw the best player in the world at that time sacrificing his body for a loose ball. That turned us. Great players can play that way. It’s looking in the mirror and saying, ‘We have to play that way.'”