The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to have a much better outing in the 2017-18 NBA season. One of the reasons are their talented rookies like Lonzo Ball (second overall pick) and Kyle Kuzma (27th pick). The two impressed during the Lakers' run in the Las Vegas Summer League, which ended with a championship. Ball won the MVP award, while Kuzma was the MVP of the championship game.

The good news for Los Angeles is that these newcomers continue to work hard ahead of training camp. Ball shared recently in a radio interview that he had the opportunity to work out with two prominent names in the NBA. Kuzma, on the other hand, is trying to better an aspect of his game to prepare for a grueling 82-game season.

Balling with Durant and Nash

In an appearance on Afternoons on ESPNLA with Marcellus & Kelvin, Ball revealed that last week, he had a chance to train with Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant and retired point guard Steve Nash. The prized rookie of the Lakers stated that the workout was "a lot of fun" and a "good experience." It is indeed a "good experience" considering that Durant and Nash are two of the best players to play the game.

Durant is a one-time MVP, NBA champion, and Finals MVP. Meanwhile, Nash is a two-time MVP and an eight-time All-Star. Nash can share a lot of knowledge to Ball since they are both playmakers. The 43-year-old is one of the best passers the NBA has seen, and Ball has the potential to be one in the future. The 19-year-old could also learn a thing or two from Durant who is among the greatest players in the league today.

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Kuzma's defense

If Ball is spending time with NBA stars, Kuzma is trying to enhance his defensive game. In a report on Lakers.com, Kuzma said that he is working on his defense. The offense is not an issue for the 22-year-old from Michigan. In the Las Vegas Summer League, he was a top offensive weapon for the Lakers. If Kuzma's defense improves and his scoring is similar to the one he had in the Summer League, then Los Angeles got a gem in him.

Julius Randle putting in work too

It is not just the rookies of Los Angeles who are working hard less than a month before training camp begins. Julius Randle is also aiming to expand his offensive arsenal. In a clip shared on Twitter by Legion Hoops a few days ago, Randle was seen shooting three-pointers. The Lakers big man is known for his energy and inside scoring, though he would be harder to defend if he can also score from the outside.