The Los Angeles Lakers are interviewing players who could be in play for the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The team could lose its pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it falls out of the Top 3.
Lakers’ officials attended the draft combine at Chicago and interviewed Jaylen Brown, who considers Kobe Bryant as his role model. The franchise also interviewed another top prospect in Brandon Ingram.
The Lakers sent a huge team including most members of their basketball operational staff to Chicago to spot fresh talents. General manager Mitch Kupchak, executive vice president of player personal Jim Buss, director of player personnel Ryan West, consultant Bill Bertka and assistant general manager Glenn Carraro were reportedly present at the combine.
Other attendees included Jesse Buss (director of scouting), Jordan Wilkes (basketball operations assistant), Nick Mazzella (D-Fenders general manager), Rondre Jackson (director of player development) were also present.
“I try to approach the game the same way,” said Brown, as reported by the SB Nation. “I admire his work ethic. Kobe Bryant wakes up at 5:30 every morning, so I’m trying to do the same thing and just catch up to him. If that’s what it takes to be where he is, then I’m going to try to do that too.”
In his maiden season at University of California, Brown averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He can also play a stellar defensive role. The early morning work-out can help him to improve his shooting. He shot 29.3 percent from the three-pointe range. The Lakers are looking for a promising small forward after Kobe Bryant’s retirement and Brown could be a suitable option.
Brown also admitted that he met the Lakers at Chicago. If things work out in a proper way, Brown will get an opportunity to learn from his idol Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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