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Magic Johnson admits Lakers may try to alter Lonzo Ball's shot if it doesn't improve

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Lonzo Ball's shooting continues to be a problem with each game but the Los Angeles Lakers are standing behind his technique.

The rookie's unconventional release has not been working for him in the early part of the season as he's currently shooting just 31.3 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range, and just 50 percent from the free-throw line.

Ball's shot worked just fine in college but it has been largely inconsistent at NBA level so far.

But the Lakers are not prepared to make any adjustments to it just yet and are willing to take a patient approach.

In an interview with ESPN's "Mike and Mike", president Magic Johnson addressed the issue and said they'll wait until the end of the season to make any potential tweaks if the youngster's struggles continue.

"I think it’s a fine line because what you have to do is first, he’s been shooting that way his whole life. So what we wanted to do is let him play his game. Let him shoot the way he’s been shooting and hopefully they’ll go in," Johnson said.

"And so, we’re not gonna mess with it. We’re gonna let him shoot and play his game. If after the season, and he’s not shooting well, then we’ll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let’s maybe look at different way or let’s try to improve the way you are shooting.'"

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But Magic insists they will continue to encourage Lonzo to keep shooting and hope that he will start to knock them down and gain some confidence.

"We can break it down with him, but we don’t want to mess with his shot. He’s proven that he’s knocked that shot down. And we want to encourage him to keep shooting," Johnson said.

The point guard currently ranks dead last in field-goal percentage and three-point percentage in the league among qualified shooters.

He shot 55 percent from the floor and 41 percent from downtown in his lone year at UCLA but has been unable to translate those numbers into the NBA as yet.

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In a recent loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the 19-year-old became the youngest player to post a triple-double in league history and showed improvement with his shot as he went 7-of-12 from the field - the first time he's shot over 50 percent in a game this year.

The Lakers will hope that he overcomes this slump and finally gets comfortable with his shot but the early signs should be worrying for the franchise.

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