Kevin Martin says it’s better not to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting form until the season ends
The shooting form of Lonzo Ball has now become legend.
It’s herky-jerkey, unorthodox and largely ineffective, as the Los Angeles Lakers point guard has struggled mightily with it so far this season.
But the Lakers have said repeatedly that there’s no rush to fix it, and that it may just be a matter of confidence for Ball rather than a mechanics problem.
His shot, though, has gotten to the point where many have openly wondered whether it needs to be changed. Kevin Martin, a former player, also had an weird-looking — but effective — shooting stroke.
His advice: If the team is going to change Ball’s shot, better to wait until later, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.
“It’s not something you want to mess with during the season,” Martin said. “Sit down after the season and evaluate everything. Guys don’t want to hear it right now, every little thing that everybody else is saying. There could be a right time later on.”
Martin was an effective shooter, so his mechanics never really became an issue. Sure, people talked about how weird his shot looked, but it went in, so there wasn’t ever need to wonder whether it needed to be changed.
But with Ball shooting only 32.1 percent from the field and less than 50 percent from the free throw line, something has to give, and soon.
After the season is probably the best time because teams don’t really have time to even practice their own things during the season. Something as drastic as changing a player’s shot would take a lot of time.