With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
One of the most intriguing storylines will be the development of point guard Lonzo Ball. Much of the fanfare that followed Ball was driven by his outspoken father, but injuries derailed what should have been an exciting rookie season.
Ball comes with a terrific passing acumen and the ability to function as a premier disruptor on the defensive end. Playing alongside LeBron James will only help improve Ball’s game.
However, Magic Johnson poignantly noted during the summer that this would be “the most important summer” of Ball’s life. He struggled with his shot during his rookie season, and that will be something Lakers brass and head coach Luke Walton will hope to see improve in 2018-19.
Ball’s commitment has never been in question, though. In fact, teammate Kyle Kuzma praised Ball for his work ethic in the gym over the summer.
Ball will not be handed the starting point guard spot, however. Management brought in veteran Rajon Rondo on a 1-year contract, and both players are expected to compete for playing time. Rondo will help drive Ball, and he could even serve in a mentor role to the promising guard. Even though Ball is taller and has a greater wingspan, both players are known for their passing ability and defensive presence. Ball should look to model his game after Rondo, who won a 2008 title with the Boston Celtics.
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