After the 21 year old Ball stood out again in the Lakers’ victory over the Jazz on Friday, LeBron James gave a little speech about the young fighter.
Ball, a second-year point guard, played a key role in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 90-83 victory at Staples Center.
Lonzo scored only nine points but claimed 10 rebounds and added two assists, while showing great maturity with his decision making.
James thinks Ball can make even more of an impact if he backs himself.
“I think he just sometimes doesn’t realize how great he is,” James said. ”The things that he possesses out on the floor … when Zo realizes how good he is on the floor, it makes him a very dynamic player and it makes us even better. And he’s been doing that as of late, his aggressiveness.”
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“Even when he’s not making shots, just his attack as you’ve seen earlier in the game, just him getting to the rim is key.
“He missed a couple of them, that’s absolutely fine. He had a couple charges, that’s absolutely fine. When he’s aggressive it just changes our dynamic of the team, and he’s been doing it of late and we need him to continue to do that because he’s very good.”
The Lakers were guilty of a season-high 24 turnovers and although only 10 of those resulted in assists, James warned they can’t afford to be so sloppy.