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Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball gets a new haircut

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By Bill Oram

EL SEGUNDO – His shooting has been among the worst in the league, he has been bullied by bigger and more experienced point guards and found himself on the bench late in games.

So when Lonzo Ball showed up to Friday’s shoot around with his trademark hair chopped off, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

“Just time to restart,” said Ball, who will start Friday against the Phoenix Suns.

This is what it’s like to be Ball, the rookie point guard who is under such a microscope that his hairstyle choices are probed for deeper meaning. He pointed out that he began his UCLA career with longer hair, but cut it mid-season.

These all went in.

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Ball quickly dismissed that his new ‘do offered any insight into his state of mind.

“Nah,” he said. “It’s just a haircut, man.”

Lonzo Ball shuts down any psychological interpretation of his new look. “It’s just a haircut, man.”

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What cannot be denied, however, is that Ball is in need of a reset on his rookie season. His hair is a good symbol of that, if not a clue.

Kobe Bryant’s career, after all, is often broken into two distinct phases: Afro and post-Afro. Of course, Bryant waited until his sixth season before getting his buzz cut.

Things are a bit more dire in Lonzo’s world.

Pre-haircut, he averaged nine points, 6.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game, but shooting just 30.3 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3.

Following a 1-for-9 shooting performance Tuesday against Philadelphia, Ball drove to the Lakers practice facility and worked on his shot for two hours with his manager, Darren Moore.

“I just had a bad game,” Ball said. “Got it off […]    

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