Welcome to the latest edition of “My three favorite details,” a weekly video in which I detail three plays or moments from the previous week of Lakers games that jumped off the screen to me, with one play highlighting elite movement mechanics, one highlighting physical attributes (speed, power, balance, agility, etc), and one highlighting mental skills (awareness, anticipation, reading of the game).
Today’s video encompasses games from Saturday August 8th, to Wednesday August 12th. These were some of my favorite things that I noticed:
So there’s your three, as promised! Coach Vogel showcasing elite mental ability by drawing up a superb after timeout (ATO) play (that he admittedly borrowed from Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer’s time with the Hawks), Kyle Kuzma capping off that play with elite mechanics by using a hop step as he gathered the ball to generate rhythm and create a balanced base of support before draining the game winning three, and lastly, LeBron James quickly reacting and timing his jump to swat Denver Nuggets big Paul Millsap’s putback layup into the stands and then landing gracefully on one leg with a superb single leg landing.
That’s it for this edition of my three favorite details, but I’m going to be doing these here and on my YouTube channel on a weekly basis throughout the Lakers’ restart. If you see something you think should be included during the week, tweet it at me at @3cbPerformance, or let me know if there was anything you loved from last week in the comments below.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West Los Angeles and Valencia, CA along with providing online consultation services. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for over three years. Dr. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room.