The poet and known writer Dejan Stojanovic once said, “When there is noise and crowds, there is trouble; when everything is silent and perfect, there is just perfection and nothing to fill the air.”
When NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver mentioned Lonzo Ball as the Los Angeles Lakers second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, it was more a sigh of relief for Lonzo more than anything else. He always wanted to play in his hometown, an oversized floor general who has the feel for the game. Lonzo has that distinctive court vision gift that makes him unique among all the other draftees. He is that type of player that can speed the game up and see everyone in slow motion. Moreover, just a week before the draft, the Lakers are still entertaining potential prospects. With all the distractions about his outspoken father, Lavar or his overpriced footwear. Lonzo’s weaknesses were also in questioned – from his awkward shot, all the way to his defense. Will Lonzo be effective in the NBA?
Like Cinderella’s golden shoe, you have to know if the shoe fits. It all depends on finding the right coach in the right system. And with Luke Walton he fits in the perfect system with the Lakers who demands good spacing, fast pace and ball movement. Take to account Lonzo’s UCLA team who underachieved last year before he arrived. When Ball played with the team, everything clicked. Both TJ Leaf and Bryce Alford were good, but they were not that good before. It is just that the whole team are getting great shots and that is the kind of effect Lonzo can give to the Lakers.
Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson traded D’Angelo Russell (Lakers’ number one point guard last season) and Timothy Mozgov to open up cap space. More or less, it was a strong statement that the Lakers are moving on and giving up the team to their new floor general.
With all the technology in basketball statistics, Magic and the whole Lakers organization drafted Lonzo because of his feel for the game. You just can’t teach court vision, it’s a gift that rarely comes.
After all those distractions and noise eventually died down, Lonzo is now trying to make his masterpiece…
One ball game at a time.