Lakers’ Luke Walton Told Lonzo Ball That He’d Be ‘one of the best point guards’ In The League

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had some very high praise for Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and his future in the league.

In fact, Walton believes that Ball will develop into one of the best, if not the best guard in the league.

 “Well he’s been shooting the lights out at practice the last week or so, and I told him before the game,” Walton said when asked about Ball.
“I said, ‘Zo, you’re going to be one of the best point guards in this league, you are. Embrace this challenge if you’re open and it’s in rhythm.’ I thought most of them tonight were in rhythm.

“One maybe two where he kind off…they went under…he hadn’t dribbled, and he just shot it. Those are ones we don’t want, but any other three, if it’s in rhythm and he’s got a bounce to it, let it fly. I think when he saw that one go in, it built some confidence.

Those are shots we want him taking; we need him taking. It was nice to see, obviously, multiple threes go in for him in the game, but he’s been shooting like that and putting the work in after practice, so it didn’t surprise me. I was just happy for him.”

Ball has certainly had an up-and-down rookie season but the Lakers, along with Walton, believe that the sky is the limit for him.

Ball is averaging 9.0 points, 7.2 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game so far this season.