Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The stream of text messages flooded Ryan Kelly’s phone, perhaps as quickly as when he unexpectedly threw down a one-handed dunk that secured a preseason win against Portland on Monday.“At the same time,” Kelly said, “my dad will be the first one to say, ‘That’s great. Now forget about it and do something else.’”Kelly appears well aware on how things can turn quickly. The Lakers re-signed him in the 2014 offseason after showing promise as a 48th overall draft pick as a so-called stretch forward with dependable outside shooting. But then Kelly missed a combined 30 games in the 2014-15 because of overlapping hamstrings. Amid an injury-riddled roster, Lakers coach Byron Scott played Kelly at small forward, a position he never tried through four years at Duke and his NBA rookie season. In related news, Kelly averaged only 6.4 points on only 33.7 percent shooting.“Everybody knew that’s not where I was most comfortable,” Kelly said after Tuesday’s practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “To be thrust in that role was not easy. But I learned a lot from it. It allowed me to be a better player.”Kelly has experienced a training camp that has become what he called “clearly very different.” He has averaged a modest 5.4 points but on 40-percent shooting and a 50-percent mark from 3-point range in 15.4 minutes off the bench at power forward. Scott also promised “you probably will never see him at 3 again.”“I’ve seen big-time progress with him as well as a guy that is more aggressive,” Scott said of Kelly. “He’s attacking to the rim more and getting to the free-throw line more. Defensive rebounding the ball more.”The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Kelly has averaged 4.4 rebounds, an uptick from the 2.8 he averaged last season. “It’s a little easier to find my shot and guys aren’t coming at me quite as quickly,” Kelly said. “If they are, it’s easier to get by them. There’s a big difference between 3s and 4s athletically and size-wise. So the big thing is I can do what’s necessary offensively, so I can defend and rebound.”Injury updateBoth Kobe Bryant (bruised lower leg) and Lou Williams (bruised groin) completed some light shooting in Tuesday’s practice. But Scott has not determined if they will play Thursday’s preseason finale against Golden State. Scott plans to practice both Bryant and Williams on Wednesday.