Before he was drafted, Lonzo Ball was linked to rumors about the trade with the Lakers. Those murmurs never slowed down to Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to the pelicans for Anthony Davis.
In Los Angeles, it became increasingly clear that a trade would be the only way to end the rumors. Now in New Orleans, Ball is ready to push the business talk and pressures of playing in Los Angeles behind him.
"I think it was hard to be a young guy, especially in Los Angeles with all the people watching you. We had many responsibilities there. I think that just growing up, being in the league for two years, you find ways to block it. I know I was doing it myself before I got hurt … I know BI was, I know it was J-Hart. It's just about playing basketball. Everything else is extra. "
It is true that when the young core did not deal with trade rumors, they had to do with expectations of reaching the playoffs in their second season. The reflectors are obviously brighter in Los Angeles and this amplifies the pressure. Only certain young players, or any period of players, can manage.
The good news for young players exchanged with pelicans is that they are now in a situation where the lights are off, as is the pressure to win now.
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