Magic Johnson tells Lonzo Ball this will be "the biggest summer of his life"

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Despite a rocky first season in the NBA, Lonzo Ball can largely be happy with his rookie campaign as he showed enough to suggest that he'll be a future star for the Los Angeles Lakers.

He is expected to be the cornerstone of the franchise in the years to come but it's no secret that the Lakers are hoping to bring in at least two marquee free agents this summer.

They are targeting both LeBron James and Paul George, who will hit the open market in July, and cleared enough cap space to make it happen when they traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February.

In his exit interview following the conclusion of the regular season, Ball was asked if he felt any pressure to impress both James and George and other potential free agents in an attempt to attract them to play with him in L.A.

"No, the way I play is to help my team win. I am not really worried about who is not here, I am worried about the guys that are here, and I tried to do what I could and help my team out," Ball said, per ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

"So, whether it be LeBron, Paul George or whoever if they liked it, they liked it. If they didn't, they didn't. I can't do anything about it now."

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Even though he was heavily criticised for much of his rookie year, the 20-year-old ended the campaign with respectable numbers of 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

But he shot just 36 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three-point range. His unorthodox shooting form was a major talking point throughout the season.

The point guard revealed that president Magic Johnson told him this will be "the biggest summer of his life" and has given the youngster tips on how he can improve his shot.

Johnson, however, hasn't instructed him to change his form.

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"Shoot it with confidence for one, and just keep putting the work in," Ball said when asked what the Lakers management told him about how to improve his shooting.

"Don't change your form or nothing. I have been shooting like that my whole life. They said they are fine with it.

"Just make sure I am getting the reps up. Just perfect it pretty much. If you want to be a good shooter, you got to shoot and start making them, and that will translate to the game."

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Regardless of whether the Lakers are successful in acquiring superstar free agents or not, it's clear that Ball will be their point guard for many years to come and will only get better.

The UCLA product's first year was encouraging but there's still so much more to come from him and that should excite fans of the Purple and Gold.

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