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Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Talks Jump Shot, Offseason 'Biggest Summer of My Life'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Darron Cummings/Associated Press

After completing his rookie season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is looking ahead to an important summer in his professional development. 

Per Lakers Nation's Matthew Moreno, Ball said Thursday this is the "biggest summer of my life."

"I'm on a transition now from my rookie year to my sophomore year," he said. "I'm just looking forward to it."

Per NBA reporter Mike Trudell, Ball noted Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and head coach Luke Walton were "fine with" his shooting technique. 

"Just shoot it with confidence … just keep putting the work in," Ball said of his shot. 

After the Lakers selected him No. 2 overall, Ball failed to live up to his enormous hype during the 2017-18 season. The 20-year-old battled injuries and only appeared in 52 games, sitting out the final eight contests with a knee contusion. 

Ball struggled to find consistency with his shot. The California native was successful on just 36 percent of his attempts, tied for the fifth-worst among all players who appeared in at least 50 games. 

Despite a rough time shooting, Ball did make an impact in other ways. He finished second to Ben Simmons among all rookies with 7.2 assists and fourth with 6.9 rebounds per game. 

If Ball is able to find a rhythm with his shooting technique, he will become the superstar the Lakers believed they were getting when they drafted him.

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