The Los Angeles Lakers got their first game of the regular season under their belt falling 128-119 to the Portland Trail Blazers on the road on Thursday night.
It marked the first official game that the Lakers’ newly constructed roster has played alongside each other in a meaningful game that saw him have some notable issues defensively while showing some promise offensively. However, it was enough for former NBA player Jalen Rose to come to the conclusion that second-year point guard Lonzo Ball doesn’t fit their currently structured team as he voiced on ESPN’s Get Up! Show. (h/t Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY Sports)
“My biggest concern for the Lakers, and they’re going have to figure out a way to rectify this, is Lonzo Ball,” Rose said on ESPN’s Get Up! show. “I just don’t see a dynamic for their No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, in his second year, to actually play quality minutes and continue to progress.
“I know he’s returning from injury, but when you look at it, LeBron’s going to be the primary ball-handler. Rajon Rondo is going to also do that. Josh Hart is a better shooter. … So Lonzo Ball, it’s going to be tough to get him quality minutes on a team that struggles to have size up front.”
It has been the dynamic on the team with how they have two other effective ball handlers with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo that Rose doesn’t believe that Ball can fit into the fold. This along with the uncertainty surrounding his shooting ability doesn’t give him confidence that the 20-year-old can fit into the fold.
At that same notion, Rondo has quickly taken up a leadership role with the team while showing much ease with helping further fuel the offense with his playmaking ability as a ball handler and keen passing skills. It has put Ball in an interesting spot of having to find his spot on the team while showing growth as a player with his scoring and shooting ability as he already demonstrated to be a talented passer.
There is still an adjustment period in itself with him making his way back from offseason arthroscopic left knee surgery as he gets more playing time under his belt and get back his conditioning. From that point on, it will be on him to find his spot on the team to see where he can be most effective while showing he can be an essential piece to the long-term future in Los Angeles.
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