EL SEGUNDO, California – In what Magic Johnson has told him will be "the biggest summer" of his life, Lonzo Ball will work on it, but his shot does not change and he was not too worried about what he LeBron James showed Paul George and other potential free agents in his rookie season.
"No, the way I play is to help my team win, I'm not worried who is not here, I'm worried about the guys who are here and I've tried to Do what I could and help my team, "Ball said when asked if he had any pressure to show the Star Free agent what he could do this season. "So whether it was LeBron, Paul George or whoever they liked it, they liked it, if they did not, they did not, I can not do anything about it now."
During the Los Angeles Lakers Exit interviews Thursday, Ball Johnson, the team president and GM Rob Pelinka's message to him, said that this would be the most important summer of his life. The 20-year-old has to be physically stronger after missing 30 games on shoulder and knee injuries this season. As for his shooting technique, Ball said he would not change it in any way and that he planned to work on it by repeating this summer.
Johnson had said earlier in the season that management would see the 6-foot 6 ball hit the ball this season and then decided whether the team needs to tinker with its unique shooting form. Ball averaged 1
"Shoot it with confidence for one and just keep working in it," Ball said when asked what Lakers Brass told him, how he could improve his shootings and whether his technique would change. "Do not change your shape or anything, I've been shooting all my life, they said they're fine."
"Just make sure I go up the repetitions, just perfect it very much.If you want to be a good shot, you have to shoot and start making it, and that will translate to the game."
Ball missed The last eight games of the season with a knee bruise, but said the injury feel better Ball, who also missed 15 games earlier in the season with a sprained left MCL, finished with 13 double-double and two triple-double as rookie ,
The Lakers are thrilled with ball pass, rebound, defensiveness and skill But Ball had stretches where his shot was hot and then freezing, and he needed to develop more offensive pick-and-roll, drives and midrange play – all things he said he will work on this summer.
The # 2 overall selection in last year's draft also had to pay constant attention to his outspoken father LaVar, and even smaller things like a haircut that became viral. Ball said his dad did not consider it a distraction this season. LaVar Criticizes Lakers Coach Luke Walton Earlie In the season, he said the coach had lost the team during a losing run of nine games in early January.
But he did not make much of a noise about the Lakers after that, since he spent most of his time in Lithuania with Ball's brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo playing professionally there. Lonzo Ball was asked if he had asked his father to temper things.
"No," Ball said. He says what he does and I do what I do.
When asked if his father was ever a distraction, Ball added, "No. The first year was all for me and it's done now and on to the next one. "It's a massive summer for Ball and the Lakers, and Johnson and Pelinka plan to pursue two Max Free agents this summer, with James and George as their biggest targets if they choose to consider the Lakers Lakers management has positioned the franchise to potentially free $ 70 million in cap space if restricted free agent Julius Randle fails to return and the Lakers find a solution, probably the stretch commission owed to Luol Deng. According to Bobby Marks of ESPN.
The Lakers will not only try to sell free agents while playing in LA, but also to their young core of Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart, which helped them 35-47 finish nine-game improvement from the previous season despite a series of injuries.
Kuzma, who had an average of 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a rookie, said that no matter who the La kers get free agency this summer, Ball knows he has to be "bring it" next season.
"I think he's going to attack his mentality," Kuzma said as he was asked how his best friend in the team would go into the offseason. "There's one thing he has to do – to be great, no matter who comes here, everything will fall on his head, whether it's a superstar or not, that's just the reality we live in." 19659002] "For him and for us we all know that he has to bring it next year and he will surely do it."