VIDEO: Dwyane Wade can’t get Lonzo Ball’s name right
Basketball legend Dwyane Wade had a slip up during a segment of NBA on TNT. While discussing New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, Wade mistakenly said “Alonzo Ball.” His co-host Candace Parker signaled that this was the third instance “Alonzo” was mentioned.
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Wade was thinking of his former Miami Heat teammate Alonzo Mourning, who he won the 2006 championship with. During the laughter that ensued, Wade took the opportunity to greet Mourning a happy birthday, who turned 51 last Monday.
In his first 20 games this season, New Orleans Pelicans guard Ball has been averaging 13.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.3 steals. He has shown some improvement to his game, but his assist numbers have gone down. He has not looked as comfortable playing in new head coach Stan Van Gundy’s system. Ball is at his best in fast-paced games.
Ball has found himself in the middle of trade rumors but said that he has maintained focus on his game. He had his fair share of injuries in the past, but when healthy Ball is a jumbo playmaker, who is a definite plus on the defensive end. His outside shooting has improved to league standards, which is a far cry from his percentages while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Pelicans are sitting on an 11-12 record, which is good for the 10th spot in the Western Conference. Should Ball stay with New Orleans this season, they would need him at his best for a realistic shot at clinching a playoff spot. Ball is surrounded by other young talents, such as Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.