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Lakers news: Magic Johnson wants Lonzo Ball to be ‘a bit more selfish’ next season

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Johnson has high hopes for his promising young to further develop his offensive skill set over the offseason.

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In his first season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, point guard Lonzo Ball displayed many moments of promise on the court that has created a huge sense optimism around him and the future of the franchise. 

However, there were areas of his game that showed that improvement was needed to further his development on the court. According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson stated during his exit interview on Friday that he hopes that Ball can work on being less passive on the on the court. 

Heading into his rookie campaign, Ball was touted for the unselfish nature of his play on the court that primarily came through his passing. It had often times lead to him looking to set up his teammates for scoring opportunity at a larger rate than finding his own shot. 

Granted, much of this could have come from his shooting struggles that often times became the issue during the course of the game. This may have led to him placing a greater focus solely on getting his teammates involved rather than being a bigger offensive factor on the floor. 

On that note, both Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka also made it clear that they don’t plan on pushing Ball to change his shooting form but rather encourage him to work toward perfecting that release to better prepare him for the various situations that arise during the course of a game.

Ball has in front of him an entire offseason to work toward improving his overall game with the bulk of that focus on becoming a more reliable offensive contributor on the floor rather than being a singular threat against opposing teams through his passing ability. The Lakers clearly have a tremendous amount of belief that the 20-year-old can develop into being the player that can lead the franchise to success on the court for the long haul. 

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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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