Young players tend to be more affected by the natural – and often exaggerated – trade talks that take place year-round. However, after being traded by the Los Angeles Lakers less than two years ago, New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball has it all under control.
“I just stay on course“Ball said to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez when asked if he had any extra motivation this week after his name hit the rumor mill.”I’ve been playing basketball for a long time. I’ve put in a lot of work and just try to play my game. That’s how I play. I’m just trying to stay out of all the noise and just go out there and help my team win games. “
Ball, the second pick in the 2017 NBA draft, struggled with the Pels in his second campaign. At a time when guards are volume shooters, he is a throwback player best suited to a triangular attack.
However, with a career average of 10.9 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, nobody can say that ball has no dynamic influence. Where he is absent as a goalscorer and perimeter shooter, he is above average as a floor general and perimeter defender.
That means he’s good. In fact, it’s pretty good. He just has to be in the right situation.
The Chicago Bulls, a weak defensive team with several multi-faceted great men, might be ready for ball.
“It is good that people are calling your name because it means other teams want you.Says Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin (via NBA.com).