Lonzo says added strength has helped jumper
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — A visibly bigger Lonzo Ball says the biggest change he has made to his jump shot is the addition of more strength.
Ball says he “just got cleared” to participate in full workouts after undergoing surgery on a torn left meniscus, and the Lakers will be careful and take things slowly with Ball. Lakers coach Luke Walton told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that the plan is to start Rajon Rondo at point guard as Ball makes his way back from his mid-July surgery.
Once Ball makes his way back into 5-on-5 action, he hopes to show off an improved jump shot and the ability to finish better in the paint.
LeBron James said the Lakers have “a long way to go” to reach the Warriors’ level, but if they put in the work, results will come.
Last season, Ball brought the ball over to his left side when he shot. Now, Ball still shoots it toward his left side but has moved his set point slightly more toward the middle, drawing rave reviews from Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.
“Everybody is saying my jump