Who needs scouting reports and beat reporters when you have Jeremy Lin.
The Los Angeles Lakers' summer recruit has given the inside scoop on two of his new teammates this week, giving the Laker Nation an update on the status of both Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash as training camp kicks into gear.
And it is all sounding pretty positive down at the Staples Center right now as the two veterans look to bounce back from an injury-hit 2013-14 campaign.
"They both look really good and really healthy," explained Lin when speaking at an event to promote his new Adidas shoes this week.
Lin is well aware that the status of the two ageing All-Star regulars will be key as the Lakers continue through a transitional period in their history.
"That's the biggest thing for us. Health is going to be a huge factor for us this upcoming season. They were moving well and looked much better than they did last year," continued the former Houston Rockets man.
That isn't such a hard thing to achieve considering Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash were effectively spectators for all but a minimal part of the 2013-14 season.
Kobe Bryant, returning from his achilles injury in December 2013, managed just six regular season games before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for the rest of the season.
Steve Nash meanwhile faired only slightly better, clocking up 15 appearances before a long time back injury resurfaced.
Eyes on the prize
With Bryant and Nash hoping to play an integral role in the upcoming season it is great news for Lakers fans to hear their new teammate eulogise about their current conditions.
Lin is not stranger to playing with the best the NBA has to offer having been on rosters including the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and James Harden but, since joining up with the Lakers franchise from the Rockets this summer, he has been wowed by the way Bryant and Nash conduct themselves:
"Just to see them out there and playing in pickup is just refreshing.
"It's been eye opening to see how Steve and Kobe are almost like robots in what they do. They know what they came here to do. They get it done, and then they leave.
"It's very detail oriented and very robotic and they don't mess around."
Lakers' season outlook
With the Lakers having gone through somewhat of an overhaul this offseason the presence of Kobe Bryant, heading into his 17th year in the NBA, remains vitally important to the team.
Lin has been joined by the likes of Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Tyler in Los Angeles whilst Julius Randle is the franchise's big draft hope.
Former Showtime Laker Byron Scott is another new arrival as he takes up the coaching hot seat at the famous purple and gold, and after a torrid 27-55 record last time out the news that Kobe and Nash are primed to compete will be music to his ears.