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"I just want to make sure I can do everything I can to make sure it's ready."
This is what the point guard of the New Orleans pelicans, Lonzo Ball, said in the last episode of the Ball in the Family Facebook show when talking about the younger brother LaMelo Ball.
Much of the episode focused on preparing LaMelo for his trip to Australia, where he plays for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League. Lonzo made the decision to take the young talent under his wing during the last episode and stressed the importance of eating well, training and even mixing some pilates when needed.
LaMelo announced that he would go to Australia with ESPN The jump in June:
Lonzo said he had played against NBL teams and knew that LaMelo will have to face more physical defenses than those he got used to in high school and in Lithuania. With this in mind, the pelican director took a more physical approach during a one-on-one match, which he won, and claimed to add strength during training.
While the once highly appreciated recruit did not play in college, he has something that many other prospects do not have: an older brother who shows him the ropes because he has gone through much of what is to come.
Lonzo was number 2 in the selection of the 2017 NBA and played in the spotlight of Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. He would know what it takes to reach the NBA and anyone else, and he did his best to pass on his wisdom to his younger brother during the Sunday episode.