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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.

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Lakers’ Assistant Jesse Mermuys Says Michael Beasley One of the Best ISO Scorers

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The Los Angeles Lakers certainly seem pleased with the signing of forward Michael Beasley, particularly assistant coach Jesse Mermuys who says that Beasley is one of the best isolation scorers in the league.

“Michael Beasley is one of the hardest guys to guard in the NBA,” Mermuys said, according to NBA.com’s Mike Trudell. “That’s just fact. He’s one of the best 1-on-1 players in the league. With his size and his scoring ability, he’s tough. Having a guy like that on your roster is always beneficial. You always need a bucket getter.”

Mermuys believes that Beasley’s talents will be a tremendous addition to the team.

“There are times guys just don’t have it going, there’s fatigue, there’s travel, there are schedule games that are a monster, there are back to backs,” the coach added. “There are so many things in the NBA where having a bucket getter is really valuable, so having Michael Beasley on your roster is a nice asset.”

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Lakers’ Michael Beasley Vows Team Will Come Together

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The newest free agent addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Beasley, says that doesn’t like the idea of people judging them on their personas or reputations, believing that the team will come together.

“I think it is going to come together like a basketball team,” Beasley said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “You got [14] guys other than LeBron James that know how to play basketball, and I think you got 29 teams that [are] overlooking the fact that they know how to play basketball.”

It’s been a busy offseason for the Lakers who added James, Beasley, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.

“For there to even be a narrative of the personalities in this room is judgment enough for me, and I don’t want to be a part of that,” Beasley said.

“You being a critic doing your job, [if] everybody do their job and stop judging a lot of players — me mainly — you will figure out that guys like me, Nick YoungJR Smith and Lance Stephenson and guys like that know how to play basketball and win basketball games, know how to get along with others. It is nothing to do with my maturity.”

Beasley, who is coming off a bounce back season with the New York Knicks, where he posted 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds last season, plans to fit in by just being himself.

“Just be myself,” Beasley said. “I come in here and try to help the young guys and put the ball in the basket.”

“Use my abilities, don’t be shy about being myself.”

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Rajon Rondo Discusses Decision To Sign With Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo says that winning a championship is more important than a starting gig, and his decision to sign with the Lakers this offseason.

“They have plans, obviously, me being here” Rondo said, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

“Along with other guys they’ve (brought) in, along with this great young core that we have. So, I’m not so much caught up in the starting and things like that. I’m just caught up in winning the championship.”

Rondo will be battling with Lonzo Ball for the starting role.

“I’m excited to get a player that age and try to help him as much as I can,” Rondo said of Ball. “As far as understanding the game and getting his game up to speed as far as at a high level. Especially with the amount of pressure now that the organization has on him.”

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