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Lakers shift focus to defense in first practice of training camp

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers officially opened up training camp on Tuesday morning with their first group of practices that had a singular focus on the defensive end of the court. 

Rookie Lonzo Ball came away from his first few practice session quite impressed with how the team looked in the various drills, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

Heading into training camp, there was a clear sense that defense would be one of the focal points as both team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka singled that out as one of the primary areas that would be emphasized. Last season, the Lakers ranked 28th in the league with 111.5 points per game allowed while holding the highest opponent’s field goal percentage (48.3) and fourth-highest opponent 3-point percentage (37.0).

Los Angeles has plenty of new faces on this year’s roster that head coach Luke Walton believes can help them tremendously defensively this upcoming season while pointing out that Ball has the size and length that could lend well to his play on the end of the floor. 

The renewed focus on the team’s play defensively looks to be one of the key components moving forward into the season. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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