Basketball
Magic Johnson said this will be 'biggest summer' of my life

Johnson had said earlier in the season that management would see how the 6-foot-6 Ball shot the ball this season and then decide whether the team needed to tinker with his unique shooting form. Ball averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Apr.13 - SportLand: Entering what Magic Johnson told him will be "the biggest summer" of his life, Lonzo Ball will work on but not alter his shot and he wasn't too concerned about what he showed LeBron James, Paul George and other potential free agents in his rookie season.

"No, the way I play is to help my team win, I am not really worried about who is not here, I am worried about the guys that are here and I tried to do what I could and help my team out," Ball said when asked if he felt pressure to show star free agents what he could do this season. "So, whether it be LeBron, Paul George or whoever, if they liked it, they liked it. If they didn't, they didn't, I can't do anything about it now."

During the Los Angeles Lakers' exit interviews Thursday, Ball said Johnson, the team president, and GM Rob Pelinka's message to him was that this would be the most crucial summer of his life. The 20-year-old must get stronger physically after missing 30 games this season to shoulder and knee injuries. As for his shooting technique, Ball said he would not alter it in any way and that he just planned on working on it through repetition this summer.

Johnson had said earlier in the season that management would see how the 6-foot-6 Ball shot the ball this season and then decide whether the team needed to tinker with his unique shooting form. Ball averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc.

"Shoot it with confidence for one and just keep putting the work in," Ball said when asked what Lakers brass told him about how to improve his shooting and if any changes would be made to his technique. "Don't change your form or nothing. I have been shooting like that my whole life, they said they are fine with it.

"Just make sure I am getting the reps up. Just perfect it pretty much. If you want to be a good shooter, you got to shoot and start making them and that will translate to the game."

Ball missed the final eight games of the season because of a left knee contusion but said the injury was feeling better. Ball, who also missed 15 games earlier in the season because of a sprained left MCL, finished with 13 double-doubles and two triple-doubles as a rookie.

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