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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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Reggie Bullock Posts Farewell to Pistons Fans Following Trade to Lakers

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The Detroit Pistons traded guard Reggie Bullock to the Los Angeles Lakers following Tuesday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers and Bullock took the time to show his appreciation for Piston fans.

Bullock, who spent four seasons in Detroit, is currently averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assist per game this season, and posted the following message following the trade.

My love for the city was nothing that I could explain over a tweet, THE LOVE EXTENDS BEYOND! @DetroitPistons thanks for a Lifetime MEMORY! Made me who I am today 🙏— Reggie Bullock (@ReggieBullock35) February 6, 2019

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Suns Interested in Being 3rd Teal in Lakers, Pelicans Trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers have some help in their pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis.

Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.

The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.

It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.

Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.

According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”

This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.

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LaVar Ball Rips Lakers’ Luke Walton, Calls Him ‘Worst Coach’

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LaVar Ball is running his mouth. Again.

The father of Lonzo Ball took to the radio and ripped apart current Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, likely as a play to help push a trade that would get his son, Lonzo Ball, out of Los Angeles.

Ball made the following comments about Walton during an appearance on the ‘Doug & Wolf’ radio show in Arizona.

“Luke Walton was the worst coach he ever had. It was Magic [Johnson] who said he was going to be the dang face of the franchise. But Magic ain’t doing no coaching. And the only person to kill Lonzo is the coach pulling him out and not having no confidence in him. Everyone who’s had confidence in Lonzo just let him go and let him win. That’s what he does. He wins. Luke Walton turned him into a loser. A loser’s mentality is like, ‘Oh, he’s young, he’ll get it.’ Instead of just letting him go out there and do what he does.”

Ball blames the Lakers for his son’s slowed development;
“The Lakers gave my boy that losing attitude.”

Ball has stated that he wants Lonzo to head to the Phoenix Suns, who desperately need a point guard, where he feels he can truly grow into a superstar, saying it’s “the best place for Lonzo”.

“I tell you what: Lonzo makes everybody better. That’s what he’s always did all his life. You don’t even hear of [Kyle] Kuzma if Lonzo don’t make him in the Las Vegas Summer League. You see every time Kuzma plays by himself? [Josh] Hart, [Brandon] Ingram by himself? They don’t get nothing. They look raggedy.”

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