Lonzo Ball Gives LaMelo Advice Ahead of Australia Move in 'Ball in the Family'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2019

Professional basketball player Lonzo Ball, of the Los Angeles Lakers, from right, and his brothers LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball arrive at the premiere of
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"I just want to make sure I can do whatever I can to make sure he's ready."

That's what New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball said on the latest episode of the Ball in the Family Facebook show when talking about younger brother LaMelo Ball.

Much of the episode focused on LaMelo's preparation for Australia, where he plays for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League. During the latest episode, Lonzo stressed the importance of eating right, training and even mixing in some pilates.

LaMelo announced he was going to Australia on ESPN's The Jump in June:

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"I'm trying to be the No. 1 pick for the 2020 draft." LaMelo Ball announces on The Jump with @Rachel__Nichols that he will play in Australia's NBL for the Illawarra Hawks next season. https://t.co/G9z4bCl4E5

Lonzo said he has played against teams in the NBL and knows LaMelo will face more physical defenses than what he grew accustomed to in high school and in Lithuania. With that in mind, he took a more physical approach during a one-on-one game, which he won, and advocated for adding strength during training.

Jonathan Givony of ESPN called LaMelo a "real No. 1 pick contender" in September, while B/R's Jonathan Wasserman had him ranked sixth in his top 50 NBA draft prospects in early August.

Lonzo, taken No. 2 overall in 2017 by the Los Angeles Lakers, knows about dealing with hype. He also has experience playing with a megastar in L.A. (LeBron James) and now a high-profile rookie in New Orleans (Zion Williamson) after the Lakers dealt him over the summer as part of the Anthony Davis trade.