Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly cleared to play


Things are starting to look up for Ryan Kelly.

After being sidelined for months and spending the opening weeks of his NBA career as an unsigned rookie, the Los Angeles Lakers signed their second round pick on Friday, and now, according to The Herlad-Sun, Kelly has been cleared to resume basketball activities and will be able to fully participate during training camp:

[pullquote]“I am ready to go,” Kelly said.

Even though he said he hasn’t had any problems with pain or swelling in the right foot two months, Kelly said the Lakers medical team took a cautious approach before clearing him. He was fine with that.

“With pro sports, your body is truly your career,” Kelly said. “I was told by many a person that has played to make sure you are 100 percent healthy and don’t try to come back. Just take care of your body first. You have to be physically sound at that level.”[/pullquote]

It’s good to hear that Kelly hasn’t had any further problems with the foot and the Lakers were apparently just being cautious, however, various reports have doubted Kelly’s health and whether he’ll be able to earn a roster spot.

The good news is that Kelly is now ready to go and we’ll get to see what he’s got during training camp and the pre-season. Kelly also says that he’s been working on his ball handling skills, so hopefully he can surprise a few people within the coming weeks.

H/T Lakers Nation

Written by Ross Pickering

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