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Lakers news: Lonzo Ball says Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka told him will be ‘biggest summer of his life’

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Following a promising rookie campaign, the Lakers are hoping that Ball can take the next step in his development over this upcoming offseason.

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued to make promising strides forward in the 2017-18 season that have given much optimism around the future of the franchise. 

Among those providing that type of perspective around the team has been point guard Lonzo Ball, who put together a rookie campaign that had its fair share of peaks and valleys of potential. During his exit interview on Thursday afternoon Ball revealed that management has told that this upcoming offseason will be the “biggest summer of his life,” according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.

The Lakers clearly have a huge weight of expectations on Ball become the face of the franchise regardless if top-tier talent comes via free agency this upcoming offseason. Aside from his notable shooting woes throughout the season, the 20-year-old demonstrated great ability to impact the game in other aspects of the game with his passing, rebounding, and even individual defensive play.

Ball finished the season averaging all-around numbers with 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per contest in 52 games played. This saw him record 24 double-digit scoring outputs along with 13 double-doubles and a pair of triple-doubles. Prior to Markelle Fultz notched a triple-double in the regular season finale, he had surpassed LeBron James had been the youngest to record that feat. 

However, what was also a factor was his ability to stay on the court as he missed a total of 30 games due to injury ranging from a left shoulder sprain, a sore left knee, and the last eight contests due to a left knee contusion. This should lead to Ball focusing on working on strengthening his body on better handling the physical rigors that come with playing an entire season.

A major part of that will also be working on becoming a more consistent shooter as he hit just 36 percent from the field and 30.5 from 3-point range. This is something that Ball clearly recognized as an area of needed improvement that he is striving to reach over the summer. 

With an entire offseason ahead, it could provide Ball the opportunity to return for his second campaign as a markedly improved player that could take the next toward being what the Lakers hope he becomes as a cornerstone of the franchise. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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