When the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball out of UCLA in the 2017 NBA Draft, he was a player known for his offensive playmaking ability. He knew how to set guys up, and could get it to them at just the right moment. His passes were always appropriate and always on target.
One year later, despite his talented playmaking abilities, the Lakers want Ball to just shoot the dang ball.
The Big Baller Brother described what his teammates and coaches have been preaching to him since before the Lakers’ last game in Cleveland.
So before the Lakers played the Cavaliers, Ball’s coaches and teammates — including LeBron James — had the same message for the point guard, writes ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. The Lakers told Ball to play aggressively and not settle for 3-point shots.
"Take it to the basket," Ball said of the advice he received. "Shot hasn't been falling, so that's what I tried to do, and it worked out for me tonight."
So far, Lonzo has taken the advice of his allies well. He left Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night with 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, a strong overall effort in the Lakers’ 109-106 win.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, with a tough game against the Jazz tonight, we’ll see if he can hold true to that aggressive mentality.
If he does, and continues to do so, we might see a different Zo than the one we’re used to seeing.