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Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues 'just in my head'

To be fair, he's valuable other than the field goal percentage, contributing a top-10 figure in assists, and he rebounds well for a guard, plus there are some steals.

Making an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Thursday, Kidd said that those comparisons, which have been thrown around since Ball entered the national spotlight a year ago at UCLA, are "a stretch".

Ball's shooting has, of course, led to further discussion of his shooting motion, an unorthodox one that's been a topic of conversation since his UCLA days and was a bit of a red flag in the pre-draft process despite Lonzo's phenomenal shooting numbers in college. I feel like we definitively knew this about him months ago, but these numbers are something unexpected: Ball is shooting 29.9 percent from the field and has eclipsed 40 percent in a mere two of his 10 games. He's shooting 32.8 percent as the pick-and-roll ball handler (but just 25 percent if the defender just goes under the pick) and 22.2 percent on spot ups (stats via Synergy Sports).

"It's a long season".

"It's going to take a little time because of all the hype and expectations that everybody thought he was going to come out and set the league on fire", Kidd said, noting that Ball will be "fine" as his career progresses. Obviously, right now I'm not making no shots. "But Im going to keep shooting".

Ball said the Lakers haven't suggested tweaking his funky shooting mechanics, which include pushing the ball with his right hand from next to his left ear. "Im just trying to work on balance. That's what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me", Ball said. "Thats the problem right now". Kidd finished his rookie season averaging 11.7 points, 7.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds and won co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill. DeMar DeRozan scored 33, Serge Ibaka had 19 and the host Raptors beat the Pelicans for a fifth straight time, 122-118. Milwaukee was called for 31 fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws.



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