Pelicans news: Lonzo Ball focused on completing full 82-game season after dealing with injuries to start career
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Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball focused on completing full 82-game season after dealing with injuries to start career

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Lonzo Ball is a talented NBA point guard. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t bothered watching his film. However, there’s one thing he hasn’t achieved in his young NBA career: play a full season without suffering any injuries.

Ball’s health has become an issue affecting his play ever since he was drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. Now that he’s a New Orleans Pelicans guard, he’s focused on playing his first full season without any injuries.

The 21-year-old wants to make sure he’ll be available for the Pelicans throughout the season and help ease Zion Williamson’s rookie campaign:

“I tell everybody take it one game at a time,” Lonzo said, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez. “We’re in the West. There’s no off nights. When you think it’s an off night, it’s not. You can lose any night. I think we have the pieces to do it and go where we need to go. But my advice to them is take it step by step.”

Lonzo missed 30 games in his rookie campaign and 35 the following year. In his first two seasons, he averaged 10.0, 6.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.6 steals.

Ball is looking forward to helping the Pelicans back to playoff contention. He believes the team will be able to compete in the wild Western Conference:

“I think we have a chance (to be good). We have a lot of talent. We have a new team, where people have got to get to know each other, so we’ve got to start a little earlier,” Ball said, referring to one reason Pelicans players were motivated to participate.

If Lonzo Ball manages to stay healthy throughout the year, that will really help those chances.