Lakers look to Jason Kidd to set blueprint for Lonzo Ball

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Well before their No. 2 overall pick nearly made history by almost becoming the youngest player in NBA history to collect a triple-double, the

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But the Lakers do want to see if they can run like those Nets did, with an unselfish point guard who reminded many of the league’s execs, coaches and scouts of Kidd at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Walton is going to give Ball the freedom to figure things out and experience every situation possible no matter how many growing pains the rookie has. The Lakers will live with the type of turnovers that come with trying to run all the time and Ball probing his way through pro defenses for the first time.

When they can’t run, Ball and the Lakers will play out of their read motion-like base offense. At their best down the road, Walton envisions that the Lakers will run like the Nets and move the ball like the Warriors. While the Lakers roster doesn’t have Golden State’s perimeter firepower, Walton ideally wants everyone on the floor to be a threat to attack the rim, but cautions his team is far from that right now.

“We are looking at what we have as a team, what our biggest strengths and deficiencies are, and we are trying to cater toward what we feel is like can give us a chance at winning games,” Walton said.

That is why Walton and Mermuys went back in history to look at some of the best passers to ever play to potentially help Ball carve out his own history.

“Steve Kerr used to always say, the simple will lead to the spectacular as if one, two, three, four passes are all simple but then that possession ends up being spectacular,” Walton said. “And that is the same way with how Lonzo and some guards like that [play]. There are not a lot of guards that play that way, but the ones in the past that did have been spectacular at playing that position.

“Obviously, when Jason got there, he was already really good and understood the NBA and one of the best leaders in our game. That is where we think Zo, the path he will [eventually] take.”

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