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Lakers news: Steve Nash offered advice to Lonzo Ball concerning his scoring and playmaking ability

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The soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer has taken time to tutor the Lakers’ young point guard.

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Following his rookie campaign, there is plenty of scrutiny around the development of Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball over this summer heading into the 2018-19 campaign. 

During a recent interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, assistant coach Miles Simon has revealed that former Lakers point guard Steve Nash had visited with Ball last summer where he offered the former No.2 overall pick advice to focus on being a more balanced player with his scoring and playmaking ability. 

I remember vividly last summer, Steve Nash came in here and was working one day, and Lonzo worked with him, and I asked Lonzo what were some of the things Nash said, (as) I’d just been watching from afar. Nash told him, ‘When I started to score, that’s when my assists became better and easier … when I first came in the league, all I wanted to do was pass and make everybody happy. But when I figured out how to score, and make my layups, do all those things, that’s when I started to average 20 and 10.’ That’s the thing we’ve been telling Lonzo

Ball went through his first year in the league averaging all-around numbers with 10.2 points on 36 percent shooting from the floor and 30.5 percent from 3-point range along with 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. However, he had his fair share of struggles with injury as he dealt with multiple leg injuries throughout the year. This upcoming season could be a chance for Ball to make significant strides forward in his second year. 

In his rookie campaign, it became quickly evident that Ball is a gifted passer that has excellent court vision along with his unselfish play that helped his team be more potent offensively. However, it has been his overall shooting from the floor that has drawn the most attention as his shooting form and inconsistency with it so far at the next level been the biggest questions facing him. 
 
Ball will have the chance to prove that he can be a more potent scorer on the floor this upcoming season that he can be an effective scorer, especially with LeBron James now in the mix. It is ultimately all on his shoulders to improve his game in order to move forward in his development as a player. 
 
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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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