Luke Walton does not ‘recommend’ Lonzo Ball change his shooting form

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers
Jan 7, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) listens to head coach Luke Walton in the second half of the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Lonzo Ball’s rookie season was up-and-down and divisive. The UCLA product showed some of the skills that made him one of the most hyped prospects in years but struggled in other areas.

Perhaps the most talked-about aspect of Ball’s game was his shooting, something discussed widely even before he was selected with the second overall pick. Ball’s shooting form, despite his shooting at an elite level in his one year at UCLA, was enough to make many question his ceiling.

Ball struggled with his shooting in the NBA for much of the season, with one extended hot streak in the middle salvaging his numbers. The rookie shot 30.5 percent from behind the arc on nearly six attempts per game.

Despite the shooting struggles, Ball did not sound eager to change his form at his exit interview on Thursday. On Friday, head coach Luke Walton echoed those sentiments, saying that Ball showed enough to tell him that he would become a good shooter in the NBA with more consistency.

Walton also spoke about Ball’s poise and composure throughout the season:

This summer will be a huge one for Ball who showed he had the ability to be an impactful NBA player. But without consistent scoring ability, the 20-year-old’s ceiling is limited. Luke Walton is confident that issue will be fixed.

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