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Kobe Bryant visits Lakers' draft workout of Anderson, Wright, others

Kobe Bryant watches workouts of potential Lakers' draft selections with 27th and 34th picks

Kobe Bryant took in part of the Lakers' draft workout Thursday, watching six prospects the team might consider with the 27th and 34th picks in the June 25 NBA draft.

Bryant said he felt good, working his way back from a shoulder injury.  He spent time chatting with Coach Byron Scott as the draft prospects spoke with the media.

"Just seeing the Black Mamba walk into our workout at the end, the first thing that came to mind is that he's a killer, and I'd love to play with a killer, said Virginia guard/forward Justin Anderson.

Anderson and Delon Wright, brother of Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright, both project to be late first-round picks.

Wright, a 23-year old, 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 14.7 points and 5.0 assists with Utah as a senior.

"I really don't care who is getting picked first.  I think that I have the chance to be the best [point guard] coming out of the draft, so I focus on that," said Wright, who has also worked out for the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers.

"I think coming in, I'll be a defensive guard," said Wright, who while noting his three-point shot improved from 22.2% as a freshman to 35.6% in his second season.

Anderson, a 21-year old junior, hopes to become an immediate defensive presence in the NBA.

"My on-ball defense is my biggest strength.  I have a 7-foot wingspan, so my ability to use that length.  I'm able to use my quickness," said Anderson.  "A lot of people question my lateral quickness, but it's there, believe me."

Anderson is also a capable outside shooter, shooting 45.2% from three-point range as a junior, while averaging 12.2 points a game.

He'll next travel to work out for the Boston Celtics, after previously visiting the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

After the prospects wrapped up on the practice floor, Lakers forward Julius Randle continued to prepare for summer league after foot and leg surgeries during his rookie season.  The team has cleared him for full contact in a half-court, three-on-three setting.

Guards Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington, along with forward Ryan Kelly, were also at the team's practice facility o Thursday.

Ellington said he's recovered from the shoulder injury that knocked him out late in the season.  Kelly is enjoying the early stages of fatherhood with a 2-week old son.

Numerous members of the Lakers' front office were on hand, including General Manager Mitch Kupchak, along with Jesse Buss, Joey Buss, Ryan West, Jordan Wilkes, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chaz Osborne and Nick Mazzella, among others.

Anthony Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward senior from Stanford, represented himself well, according to a member of the Lakers' staff.

"I've pretty much been watching the Lakers since I was born," said Brown.  "To see Kobe that close to me is something that I definitely liked."

Brown shot 44.1% from three-point range last season, but maintains he's more than just a shooter.

"I can get to the basket, get to the free-throw line and do more things than just catch and shoot," said Brown, who also called himself a "three-and-D." player -- outside shooting and defense.

Brown said visited the Celtics before his workout with the Lakers.

Colorado guard Askia Booker, a 6-foot-2 senior, has already traveled to audition with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.

"I have about three days off before I go to Dallas [Mavericks]," said Booker, who admitted to being a little fatigued physically but still sharp mentally as he rushes from workout to workout.

"I noticed him but I'm not too star struck," Booker said of Bryant watching the workout.  "He's a great NBA player, probably one of the greatest of all time."

The Lakers also looked at centers Stefan Nastic, 6-foot-11 Stanford senior and Charles Jackson, a 6-foot-10 junior from Tennessee Tech.

"[They] get to see me up close, see how much I love contact, how much I love to play inside out" said Nastic, who noted he also worked out earlier in the week for the Clippers.

"I'm just a hustle player, grab offensive rebounds and just do my part, whatever my team needs me to do," said Jackson, who previously worked out for the Miami Heat.

The Lakers are expected to bring in players throughout most of the next week.  The team also has the second overall pick, although they've yet to bring any prospects in that range.

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