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Sport Lonzo Ball says he’s learning from JJ Redick, Jrue Holiday in practice

22:55  09 october  2019
22:55  09 october  2019 Source:   hoopshype.com

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An underrated aspect of Lonzo Ball's trade to New Orleans is the competition he'll be facing on a day-to-day basis in practice. After years of matching up with the likes of Tyler Ennis, Jordan Clarkson and Rajon Rondo, Ball heads to the Pelicans where he'll match-up with JJ Redick and Jrue Holiday daily.

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While challenging them each day in practice by defending them, Ball can also play alongside them and learn some tools of the trade.

Ball talked about the veterans on his new team in New Orleans during an appearance on Sirius XM's NBA Radio show.

"Just great vets. Jrue (Holiday's) a certified All-Star and JJ (Redick) has been to the playoffs, I believe, 13 straight times. So for me, I mean, I'm usually matched up with one of those guys throughout the whole day. We're going to just push each other, get each other better. If they get me better, I get them better, and we're at the top then everybody else is going to fall in line. We're just trying to build a culture where everybody's competing regardless of what your name is. Just come in and compete and go from there."

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The defensive end is where Ball could find the biggest benefit from playing alongside Holiday and Redick. In Holiday, Ball will be playing alongside one of the best guard defenders in the league. Ball has begun to establish himself as an up-and-coming defender and learning from one of the best could take him to the next level.

Redick, meanwhile, presents a challenging task for Ball defensively. No player in the league currently is better at running off screens and weaving around the court than Redick. Practicing against Redick daily for Ball will be huge in his defensive development.

Ball is in perhaps the best situation of his career to-date. The pressure is off of him to win right away and he can learn from some of the most talented guards in the league all while being put in a situation to succeed as a starter or heavy rotation player. The result could be big things for Ball in his career.

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  Lonzo, Zion connect on absurd alley-oop New Orleans Pelicans rookie No. 1 pick Zion Williamson has made several highlight-reel plays thus far during the preseason. © Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThat did not change Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs. Check out Mt. Zion throwing down an alley-oop on a pass from Lonzo Ball from beyond half court.Lonzo Ball to Zion three quarter court alley-oop. Just filthy. pic.twitter.com/55lW4tZLmR— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) October 13, 2019That’s just absurd from both Ball and Williamson. The two are going to be so much fun to watch once the regular season tips off.

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