Saturday, 15 December, 2018

LaVar Ball: Lakers Coaches 'Soft' on Lonzo Ball

LaVar Ball: Lakers Coaches 'Soft' on Lonzo Ball LaVar Ball: Lakers Coaches 'Soft' on Lonzo Ball
Kristopher Love | 22 November, 2017, 21:22

As the Lakers continue to play mediocre basketball (a step up from being bad last year), LaVar Ball still doesn't think the team is using his son Lonzo - the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft - correctly. His confidence continues to grow and he's being aggressive just like the coaching staff has asked him, as he's leading the Lakers in drives per game with 9.9 compared to just 3.6 as a rookie.

The win saw the Lakers improve to 8-10, lifting them into the playoff places in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles had a miserable first half and trailed 61-42 early in the second, but put together a 38-19 run. Put the [onus] on them.

"His ability to rebound comes from, one, his desire to win because he's relentless there, and two, from his ability to anticipate where balls are going", Walton said. What I mean by babying, 'He'll figure it out.' It ain't about that. "It was a learning opportunity for the guys to be down 20 and realize you don't need hero shots". You got to respect the fact that he loves his family, he takes cares of his kids, but I think it's all marketing. If only the 3-15 Dallas Mavericks could be told to stop messing around. "That's why they're so cool with losing by five or six, [to] say, 'We was in the game'". "I know how to coach him". The LA native became a steady bench contributor for the Lakers last season, but Chicago snatched him off waivers in July while the Lakers shuffled their roster.

Now, he's taking aim at the Los Angeles Lakers. The dynamic Wyoming product can return as soon as Monday, only three weeks after undergoing surgery to fix a fracture in his hand.

But the Lakers rookie sure knows how to rebound. "That's why I'm down here saying, 'Rebound, '" he continued. "I don't know how much fun he had".

Ball had his second triple-double Sunday against Denver, pulling down 16 boards in the 127-109 victory. The former UCLA star has shown flashes of being able to run an National Basketball Association offense, but he's shooting 31.3 percent from the field and has struggled to put the ball in the basket. "But you have to sustain it for 48 minutes".