In a rehab that has taken longer than expected surrounding his surgically repaired right foot, Lakers second round draft pick Ryan Kelly made a few incremental improvements.
He said he has advanced toward running at 90 percent of his body weight on a treadmill, and plans to increase two percentage points of his body weight in subsequent days. Should that pan out, Kelly would run at his full body weight by Friday. Although he’s far from participating in full practices, Kelly also said he’s been cleared to take stationary mid-range jumpers.
The Lakers signed Kelly to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, meaning he would have to compete for a roster spot during training camp that holds 19 players. The 6’11″ Kelly from Duke could help the Lakers. His floor spacing and mid-range jumper helped him average 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots his senior season at Duke while shooting 42% from three-point range.
But he’s not expected to participate much in training camp, including appearing in any of the eight preseason games through Oct. 25. He had surgery in April to repair a screw that was initially inserted in his right foot in March 2012 to treat a broken bone. Because of that, Kelly didn’t have any pre-draft workouts and didn’t play on the Lakers’ summer league team.
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