“He has a talent set,” stated Kidd, now the Bucks’ head coach. “He could make the sport straightforward for guys who can rating the ball. He is aware of learn how to win. He has a really excessive IQ, basketball IQ.”
20 years in the past, Kidd was in Ball’s place. The Dallas Mavericks drafted the purpose guard second general in 1994 and he was named co-rookie of the yr that season.
He did win a championship with the workforce that drafted him, however not earlier than spending time in Phoenix and New Jersey, the place he turned the Nets right into a perennial title contender. Kidd returned to Dallas in 2008 and gained a championship with them in 2011. He was an all-star 10 occasions, a primary-group all-NBA choice 5 occasions and a primary-workforce all-protection choice 4 occasions.
Kidd’s imaginative and prescient and really feel for the sport are among the many qualities which have brought on individuals to match him to Ball.
“It’s a fantastic praise,” Kidd stated. “However everyone is totally different on the finish of the day. There’s all the time comparisons of the good gamers on this league. Of Magic [Johnson], Michael [Jordan], Larry [Hen]. There’s all the time guys who come earlier than for these younger gamers to be in comparison with. It’s an excellent praise. We’ll see.”
Ball struggled in his first recreation at summer time league, particularly together with his capturing. He made solely two of 15 photographs and solely considered one of eleven three-pointers. Nonetheless, Kidd might see a number of the qualities that allowed Ball to excel in highschool and school. On the primary play of the sport, Ball threw a lob to Brandon Ingram for a dunk. Within the Lakers’ second recreation of summer time league, he scored eleven factors with eleven rebounds and eleven assists.
“First play, they arrange an amazing first play for him,” Kidd stated. “Simply understanding that it’s not all the time going to go within the basket, and the second recreation he had a triple double so it simply exhibits he has an ideal really feel. There’s lots of anticipation, loads of hype across the recreation. … He got here again and confirmed that he may be probably the greatest rookies within the league.”
There’s one other facet of Ball that Kidd appreciates.
“I feel once we see he handles every thing off the courtroom extraordinarily nicely with all the eye surrounding him,” Kidd stated. “He simply goes out and performs basketball. It’s actually good to see his composure on the courtroom. He enjoys the second late recreation. His dad and the coaches that he’s had this early in his profession have completed a very good job with him.”
Clarkson locks in
Clarkson heard about these reviews however he by no means spoke to anybody on the group concerning the risk, he stated.
“That [stuff] will occur,” Clarkson stated. “Web [stuff], individuals need to get clicks on their web page and all types of stuff. It’s what it’s. It’s a part of the enterprise. I really like L.A. I’m staying right here. Gotta placed on this yr.”
Clarkson stated he’s been treating this offseason in a extra businesslike method than he had up to now.
“Simply extra time I’m placing in,” Clarkson stated. “Taking it actual critical this yr. Spending a number of time with our new power guys as properly , Gunnar [Peterson, the Lakers new strength coach]. … Going to Gunnar’s health club.”
Coming back from an off day
The Lakers’ summer time league group didn’t play on Sunday after enjoying on Friday and Saturday. They held a voluntary follow on the campus of the College of Nevada Las Vegas. They may play their third recreation of summer time league at 7:30 p.m. Monday towards the Sacramento Kings.
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