In the summer heading into his second year in the league, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has spent the last several months working on getting himself prepared to take the next leap forward in his development.
During a recent interview with John Ireland and Mychal Thompson on ESPN LA 710, general manager Rob Pelinka has stated that he has been impressed by the work ethic that Ball has had with getting his body into better shape. (h/t Christian Rivas of Lonzo Wire)
“With Lonzo, of course, he hasn’t been able to play five-on-five basketball because he had to have a scope on his knee, but just the way he’s stayed dedicated to reshaping his body and making sure that if he’s playing against a really strong point guard like a Russell Westbrook, who’s going to come at him with his aggressive nature and give him a bump, Lonzo will be able to take it or even bump him back and you’ll see that in his physique.”
Although Ball has yet to participate in any five-on-five action on the court due to his recovery from the arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, he has shifted much focus to getting his body in much better shape. He had struggled to work through injuries in various stretches in his rookie campaign that led to his year ending prematurely. If he wants to take the next step forward, that will also require him to be able to withstand better the physical tolls that come with playing in an entire NBA season.
The Lakers have some high aspirations for Ball this upcoming season, especially with the addition of LeBron James along with the increased competition at his position with former point guard Rajon Rondo in the mix. There is a huge opportunity for him to take some critical steps forward to being a more effective point guard on the floor as a scorer and passer.
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