New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball and head coach Alvin Gentry had a private meeting before the team’s Monday game against the Memphis Grizzlies, per Doris Burke of ESPN.
Whatever Ball and Gentry talked about worked, as the Pelicans got their first win at Disney World by defeating the Grizzlies, 109-99.
“Lonzo had a bit of a struggle since arriving down here at Disney, so it’s good to see him get off to a good start,” Burke said on ESPN, via Lonzo Wire.
“In fact, Alvin Gentry was concerned enough that they had a private conversation saying, ‘Hey, you need to get your confidence back to where it was just prior to the hiatus.’ “
Ball played 35 minutes against the Grizzlies. The former No. 2 overall pick finished with seven points, four rebounds and six assists while shooting 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.
As usual, Lonzo’s passing and defensive skills were on full display versus the Grizzlies even though his shooting splits were still poor. He connected with Zion Williamson on a great half-court alley-oop feed and also hit Jrue Holiday on a full-court pass.
The Pelicans’ next game is on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings. Ball has to get his shooting back up to what it was before the season was suspended in March, but at least Gentry and Lonzo are finally able to celebrate a win at Disney World.