During the Los Angeles Lakers’ exit interviews Thursday, Lonzo Ball had a chance to reflect on what was a tumultuous rookie season. Ball displayed moments of brilliance while also struggling with his shooting amidst an injury-plagued campaign.
Ball missed 30 games during the 2017-18 campaign. In those 52 games in which he played, the guard tallied 10.2 PPG, 7.2 APG, and 6.9 RPG. His ability to affect the game in a multitude of ways certainly makes him an intriguing player moving forward, but Ball did concede that he has to work on his game this summer.
Ball revealed a conversation with Magic Johnson, one where the team president of basketball operations said that this would be "the biggest summer" of Ball’s life.
Ball said that he would not make any mechanical changes to his shot, instead opting for repetition in order to perfect the shooting stroke. The point guard finished the season with two triples-doubles and 13 double-doubles.
Undoubtedly, Ball will look to improve upon his 30.5 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc.
“Shoot it with confidence for one and just keep putting the work in," Ball told reporters during exit interviews. "Just make sure I am getting the reps up. Just perfect it pretty much. If you want to be a good shooter, you’ve got to shoot and start making them and that will translate to the game."
Ball’s injuries this season included a sprained MCL and a knee contusion. The latter forced him to miss the last eight games of the year.
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