Welcome to the second 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 1, to Friday August 8. These were some of my favorite things that I noticed:
So there you have it. Anthony Davis making Rudy Gobert look quite average with nasty crossover mechanics that transitioned into a fluid step back, Alex Caruso showing off elite anticipation and instincts defensively, followed by immediate recognition to create a secondary fast break jam, and finally Kyle Kuzma showcasing excellent first step acceleration, movement fluidity, and mid-air balance on a baseline and-1 drive.
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.