Last week, Lonzo Ball revealed that he recently spent some time working out with Kevin Durant and Steve Nash. This week, we have a much better idea as to what he worked on with the one of the members of the Point God club in Nash.
Lonzo joined Kurt Helin on NBCSports.com’s Pro Basketball Talk podcast, discussing LaVar Ball, his Big Baller Brand shoes and much more. Perhaps most interesting, though, was what he had to say about his training session with Nash.
“He’s an MVP, one of the best point guards who was playing, so anything that he taught me is definitely useful. And just that one day alone I learned a lot, from coming off a screen, to guarding, there’s a lot of things that he helped with and I appreciate him taking time out of his day to do that because I know he didn’t have to,” Ball said.
Hopefully Nash worked with Lonzo on coming off of ball screens as both a ball-handler and off-ball player, though in the context of the conversation it’s a bit unclear. Either way, Nash’s extensive knowledge of how to make the most out of screens is something Ball can use to sharpen his arsenal.
One of the biggest critiques of Ball’s game coming out of college was his lack of pick-and-roll experience, but that’s something he’s cast aside when asked about it since being drafted. While Ball may be more confident in his talents coming off of ball screens than most analysts, that he seems to have been more than happy to absorb some knowledge from one of the best screen-and-roll guards in modern history is definitely a good sign.
Nash also shared off-the-court advice with Ball, discussing the importance of eating right, conditioning and general wellness.
“We talked about all that. Nutrition, keeping your body right in the training room and stuff, lifting weights the right way, so he helped me on more things than just basketball. He helped me with my all around game,” Ball said.
Nutrition and physical fitness being key aren’t groundbreaking topics, but it sounds like Ball was very receptive hearing it directly from one of the best point guards to pick up a ball during his lifetime.
“Hearing it from him, it definitely made a lot of sense and I’m looking forward to adding that to my daily routine,” Ball said.
Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have stressed how important nutrition and a strong, consistent daily routine means to the the culture their building. Lonzo seems to be heading in the right direction on that front.