The Los Angeles Lakers’ last trip to Las Vegas didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but a few of the most promising members of the young team have already returned to Sin City. Unlike most travelers to the gambling capital of the world, however, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, and D’Angelo Russell are there to work.
The Lakers’ last three lottery picks were chosen to be part of the Team USA Select team, a group of players who compete against the team the United States will send to Rio for the Olympics later this summer. That team kicked off practice on Monday, and will scrimmage against the actual roster later this week.
The day started with Russell, Ingram, Randle, and the rest of the Select Team showing up to practice together in USA branded gear in a team bus, which Team USA was kind enough to share on their Instagram account:
Here is a short vine of the team getting some shots up:
The 2016 USA Basketball Men's Select Team takes the court for Day 1 of practice! https://t.co/Bi0q15d3zs— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 18, 2016
And finally, a longer video (via Periscope) of the whole team going through drills together, featuring the young Lakers and some of the rest of the most promising talent the NBA has to offer.
Updating: the media was let in to practice, and now we have a ton more to share. Courtesy of commenter LadyAlannya, here is the Persicope of the guys scrimmaging five-on-five
Shahan Ahmed of NBC LA captured Randle’s improving shot:
The Lakers got Russell getting buckets:
DLo is also putting in work in the post:
He’s also hitting shots over Harrison Barnes:
And going against Julius Randle:
He even had a little one-on-one battle with Kyrie Irving:
The young core looks good repping the USA:
B.I. with the USA across his chest pic.twitter.com/YeFlHEWPs3— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2016
Young fellas wearing the red, white and blue pic.twitter.com/HfrHQ87PvO— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2016
Since there isn’t a whole lot else going on around the Lakers right now, Silver Screen and Roll will try and bring you everything you want to see from these practices. Stay tuned.
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