Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NBA

Lakers News: Pau Gasol praises rookie forward Ryan Kelly for basketball IQ

See also

Rookie forward Ryan Kelly is starting to turn a lot of heads after starting the last two games for the Los Angeles Lakers. One player that has taken notice of Kelly's improved play with more time on the floor has been veteran forward Pau Gasol who said the following about the rookie according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters via Twitter on Jan. 19:

Pau Gasol on Ryan Kelly: "His basketball IQ is really showing. He's been a great addition to our team"

In Kelly's debut as a starter against the Boston Celtics on Friday, Kelly scored a career-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. The Lakers went on to beat the rival Celtics in Boston with Kelly's performance being one that stood out to head coach Mike D'Antoni.

The Lakers coach was so impressed by Kelly's performance that he made him the starter against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Fortunately for D'Antoni, who has had to deal with an injury-ravaged roster, starting Kelly for a second straight game paid off.

Kelly followed up a career night against Boston with another solid showing in Toronto. The Duke product scored 17 points against the Raptors on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor while also ripping down five rebounds and grabbing a couple of steals.

Gasol was impressed by the rookie's performance in Toronto and seems to favor playing with a true stretch four which gives the veteran center more space to work with in the paint.

It'll be interesting to see if Kelly can continue to play well while in the starting lineup. D'Antoni intends to continue starting Kelly while having Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill come off the bench.

Follow the Los Angeles Lakers Examiner on Twitter: @Lakers_Examiner

Check out Ryan Ward's articles at LakersNation.com

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • NHL ice girls
    They may be smoking hot, but these NHL ice girls serve a purpose
    Camera
    Sports Chicks
  • Miley Cyrus
    Find out why Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel a Kansas City concert
    Video
    Music News
  • Amaris Jackson
    The Washington Wizards sign a 10-year-old with cancer to contract
    NBA Buzz
  • Emily Kinney
    'Walking Dead' fans are buzzing about the show as Emily Kinney was spotted with writers
    TV Buzz
  • Barry Trotz
    The Nashville Predators part ways with the only coach they've ever had
    NHL Buzz
  • AC/DC
    AC/DC may announce their retirement following a serious health issue
    Video
    Music Buzz

Related Videos:

  • Canton Charge’s season ends with quarterfinal defeat by Sioux Falls Skyforce
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JLRtKkz9j8Q?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Knicks roll past Nets
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0ZnfzM8UMjk?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Warriors win 50th game, lose Bogut indefinitely
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D1Q6fMh_fF0?VQ=HD720&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!