Stan Van Gundy says Lonzo Ball is a ‘very, very smart player and extremely unselfish’

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Stan Van Gundy shared his thoughts on the star point guard of the New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball.

Van Gundy, who agreed to a four-year deal with the Pelicans on Wednesday, called Ball ‘very, very smart player and extremely unselfish’.

“To me, Lonzo Ball, when you’re looking at his positives, size, smarts, I think the guy’s a very, very smart player, and he’s extremely unselfish. He would much rather pass the ball than do anything else on the court.

So, you’ve got the start toward being a very effective basketball player. As you mentioned, shooting 38% from three and making like 2.5 threes per game. He had games where he shot like 12 shots.

And a thing I will say, one of the things that I thought was a good step forward for Lonzo Ball this year is he had some games where he was 1-for-10, 1-for-11 from three and I saw that as a positive because in the past, what I had see from him if he’d shoot those first three and they wouldn’t go in, he was passing up shots.

Now, I think Alvin Gentry had convinced him like ‘No, no, no, you’re going to keep shooting the ball and if you’re open, you shoot it.’ So, I think that they’ve got a good thing in Lonzo Ball,” Van Gundy said, via USA Today.