Lonzo Ball is coming off his most impressive game of the Summer League, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a clutch victory against the Philadelphia 76ers, and although people are crediting his shoes for his performance, Luke Walton may deserve the praise.
In Wednesday night’s 103-102 clutch win against the Sixers, Lonzo Ball put up 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks. After a subpar debut with the Lakers then a modest triple-double in his second outing, Lonzo balled out against Philly and showed what he is capable of when he is aggressive.
Many people on Twitter pointed out that Ball wasn’t wearing his signature Zo2s during the game but the Kobe A.D.s instead. A lot of people took the opportunity to take shots at Lonzo’s Big Baller Brand shoes crediting the Kobe’s for Lonzo’s dominant performance.
— Chris Hobbs (@chhobbs19) July 13, 2017
But despite Ball’s “Mamba mentality” Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton may actually be the reason Lonzo was on fire against the Sixers. Serena Winters of Lakers Nation reports that Walton told Lonzo to play more aggressive.
Lonzo said he talked w/ Luke Walton about being more aggressive, getting to the basket. Admitted he was settling for shots in past games.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 13, 2017
So although it’s a coincidence that Ball played out of his mind and dropped 36 in Summer League in a pair of Kobe’s, his performance may actually be due to good coaching. The Lakers’ coaching staff has high expectations for Ball but thinks he can meet them. By encouraging him to look for his shot more they proved they’re not only interested in his passing ability, but that they believe in his scoring potential as well.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 13, 2017
So fans can continue to discredit the Zo2s or overhype the fact that he was in Kobe’s but the real magic for Lonzo came in one-on-one time with his head coach. As long as Lonzo responds the way he did against Philadelphia, L.A. can rest assured they are in good hands.