Video: Lonzo Ball’s chase-down block on Gary Harris
As seen in the video below, the crowd cheered and stood up on their feet once Ball effectively timed his jump, blocking the lay-up before it can be called for a goal-tend.
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It was a rare sight perhaps. The 20-year-old Ball is mostly known for his dexterous vision that makes the lives of his teammates easier whenever he’s on the floor. He’s one of the most-hyped rookies that the league has ever seen which can either be due to his dad or simply because he is really a special player. It can also be both.
In his first year, however, Ball has not really lived up to expectations. But this doesn’t immediately mean that he’s a draft bust. Many have criticized Ball for his unorthodox shooting form, but his fellow players have mostly backed him up, saying that he doesn’t need to change his shot.
For the season, Ball currently averages 10.5 points, 7.0 assists, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. These are very good numbers for a rookie. One can only expect them to get better as Ball learns more about the game and improves his technique. Many have praised Ball’s vision, similar to that of the great point guards that came before him.
While he’s not known for blocking shots, his 6-foot-6 frame tells otherwise. He’s a natural point guard and at that size, it should be automatic that he logs in a few blocks per game against his relatively smaller foes.