What We Learned from Week 1 of Los Angeles Lakers Training Camp

The Los Angeles Lakers plowed through their first week of training camp and are now well into their second. They also had their first preseason game Monday night, beating the Denver Nuggets 98-95.

This year’s edition has been tasked by Byron Scott with maintaining a defensive intensity. The Lakers' new head coach has also been putting his players through grueling workouts aimed at improving conditioning, including lengthy running drills. 

During an interview with Reggie Miller and Rick Fox for NBA TV, Kobe Bryant spoke about running and the challenges of camp. 

Positive takeaways from the first week of practice include how good veterans Bryant and Steve Nash have looked and the solid development of rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

There were also negatives, however, in the form of injuries. Nick Young tore his right thumb and will be out an estimated eight weeks, per Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. Also, Xavier Henry is still mending from back and knee issues, while last year’s Lakers draft pick, Ryan Kelly, sustained a hamstring pull during the first week of camp.

Overall, we learned that this team is showing a sense of commitment and appreciation for discipline and hard work from top to bottom.

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