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Lonzo Ball has been advised to attack the rim more

Lonzo Ball

Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball has always been contented in setting up his teammates on offense. This season, Ball has been advised by the team to attack the rim more and be more aggressive.

ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk wrote about how the Lakers are pushing their sophomore point guard to assert himself more on offense.

So before the Lakers played the Cavaliers, Ball’s coaches and teammates — including LeBron James — had the same message for the point guard. The Lakers told Ball to play aggressively and not settle for 3-point shots.

“Take it to the basket,” Ball said of the advice he received at the team’s morning meeting and before the Lakers’ last game at Cleveland. “Shot hasn’t been falling, so that’s what I tried to do, and it worked out for me tonight.”

Before his 15-point outing against the Cavaliers, Ball registered a grand total of two points in his previous two games. It’s a relief that Ball took notice of his team’s advice, and went on getting creative around the rim in the Cleveland game.

Standing at 6-foot-6, Ball is much taller than most point guards. On top of that, he has put on more heft to his built this summer, making him stronger when finishing on the paint. With that said, it’s a good strategy for Ball to limit his outside shots and use his size to penetrate and finish inside.

With Rajon Rondo sidelined by an injury, look for Ball to improve on his season averages of 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.