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Lonzo Ball Does This One Thing Differently Than Other NBA Players and It Could Make Him Great


With everything that has gone on and is set to go down this offseason, anticipation for the 2017-18 NBA season is very high. One of the hottest topics going into the season is Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The most hyped player going into the league since LeBron James, Ball will have the weight of the world on his shoulders when the season opens in October.

With his son’s game as the foundation of everything he has said over the past six months, LaVar Ball has become one of the most popular names in professional sports. As of right now, he is an absolute genius, but he will ultimately be judged by how his son Lonzo pans out in the NBA.

If you’ve watched this whole saga unfold closely, you know that Lonzo isn’t nearly as vocal and charismatic as his father. The Summer League MVP actually seems pretty anti-social and reserved. Time will eventually tell, but this laid-back attitude could mean a great thing for Lakers fans. There is a chance that the 6’6” point guard is so driven and focused on being great at basketball that he’d much rather be working out then doing anything else.

However, one interesting take from one of Lonzo’s TV appearances over the past few months was his segment on NBA TV with Isiah Thomas in which he revealed that he works out in the backyard court at his home.

Working on your game on the pavement at your home or at a park has become a lost art over the past decade. AAU basketball blowing up the way it has and the rise of skills trainers everywhere has literally killed the street game and put kids on indoor courts for the whole summer.

Working out at a pretty indoor court with an AC system running in the summer isn’t nearly as challenging as training in the unforgiving California heat, on pavement. Lonzo also appears to be training on an uneven surface and a double rim. There was once a time that kids in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s would spend hours on the courts at the park, playing strictly on double rims. These double and metal rims make it harder to make anything. If you’re already a good shooter, try shooting on one of those metal rims at the elementary schools and then shoot on a regulation indoor single-rim and it’ll feel like an ocean.

Another challenge when playing or working out outdoors is that when it gets dark, the rim becomes difficult to see, making it harder than ever to make jumpers. The outdoor courts force you to “figure it out” when it isn’t dropping and this can help develop a lethal jumper and confidence in your overall scoring ability.

Lonzo choosing to keep it as organic as possible and working out in his backyard shows us he’s built differently. Not many kids workout like this anymore. It is almost actually looked down upon.

This form of working out led to some of the most pure ballers the game had ever seen. Guys like Allen Iverson, Stephen Curry and Jamal Crawford used to spend hours and hours a day outdoors hooping and it has a lot to do with their incredible scoring touch and feel for the game.

These players that grew up hooping on the streets were never truly shook when they got into tough situations in the league. Outdoor basketball has proven to develop grit and mental toughness, both traits that Ball will NEED to have with the amount of pressure he will have on him when the Lakers season tips off in two months.

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