ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said Friday that second-year point guard Lonzo Ball “doesn’t fit with the current dynamic” of the Los Angeles Lakers now that LeBron James has come on board.
Ball saw limited action in the team’s regular-season opener on Thursday, as he’s easing back into playing shape after sitting out most of the offseason to recover from knee surgery.
The Lakers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 128-119 in James’ first game, and Ball backed up veteran Rajon Rondo off the bench. Ball played just 19 minutes, scoring seven points on 2-for-7 shooting from the floor. Before that, Ball had played briefly in two preseason games.
“My biggest concern for the Lakers, and they’re going have to figure out a way to rectify this, is Lonzo Ball,” Rose said on ESPN’s Get Up! show. “I just don’t see a dynamic for their No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, in his second year, to actually play quality minutes and continue to progress.
“I know he’s returning from injury, but when you look at it, LeBron’s going to be the primary ball-handler. Rajon Rondo is going to also do that. Josh Hart is a better shooter. … So Lonzo Ball, it’s going to be tough to get him quality minutes on a team that struggles to have size up front.”
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Source: USA Today