Originally Posted by bladefd
Few things they can work on:
-Magic had great fundamentals so he can show Lonzo what he did to improve his fundamentals. Magic wasn't born that good at basketball out of the womb, but worked at it. He had great coaches as well showing him the art - I'm sure Magic remembers quite a bit
-It can be a confidence boost working with someone Lonzo highly respects. Every Lakers fan looks up to Magic
-Magic wasn't a good shooter either early on just like Lonzo but he could still put up points consistently in other ways. He can work with Lonzo on layups in different situations, off the glass shots, etc to bring up Lonzo's fg% and ability to score in the paint. Magic was very good at that. Imagine Lonzo adding some post moves to his game - he has the size to add some sort of post game with his back to the basket
-Lonzo has Magic-level court vision and passing skills, which is actually fairly rare on that level if you think about it. Nobody who coaches from that Lakers team or Lonzo's college coaches can say the same or has experienced that level of court vision. I'm sure Magic has some advice he can provide Lonzo for maximizing his strengths.
I agree Magic could maybe find a way to boost his confidence, itís what I stated in my first post. Still I think it was a bad idea to announce this publicly as it will put Lonzo under more pressure.
Your last paragraph I generally agree with, but Iím not sure if itís going to bring major improvement. The best way for Lonzo to maximise his strengths and strengths of his teammates is by becoming a better scorer. Once the defense has to guard him the floor will open up.
What fundamentals specifically are you referring to in your first paragraph? I agree thereís a lot of stuff that Lonzo should improve, but if weíre talking technical things like how to execute specific stuff with the basketball again I could imagine that the Lakers have great skill development coaches that are helping Lonzo. If Iíd have to guess Iíd say that everybody is already trying to tell Lonzo how to do this and that and how to shoot and we all know how too many cooks can sometimes spoil the broth. Also Magic was 6í9Ē with elite athleticism. What worked for Magic will not necessarily work for Lonzo, especially around the basket.
Regarding posting up, I saw Lonzo posting up in the summer league and he didnít look uncomfortable doing it. The problem in my opinion is that heís not strong enough at the moment to get a good position close to the basket or back down the defenders. I donít think the height advantage really matters right now because a lot of guys he faces are strong enough to prevent him from getting deep position and heís not looking to turn around and shoot over them.
As for layups - I donít think Lonzo has a bad touch around the rim. I think a lot of it has to do with him not being used to the amount of contact, not being able to absorb the contact and still have enough strength to finish and also him spending more energy on the defense than he was used to so I think itís a conditioning issue as well. I think his finishing around the basket will improve once he improves his strength and conditioning.
There are some footwork issues after he gathers the ball on his drives (sometimes taking off from the ďwrongĒ foot, but nowadays a lot of players have this type of finish in their regular repertoire), but mainly he needs to learn how to gather his dribble closer to the basket which is going to be hard with the defenses collapsing and letting him shoot.
I do think his floater mechanics are not good tho (the push shot, not the underhand), but itís not a shot that Magic had in his repertoire.