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Lavar Ball wants more playing time for son Lonzo

In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball (2) walks by his father LaVar Ball, right, to greet family members after UCLA defeated Long Beach State in an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. | AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File
MANILA, Philippines — Lonzo Ball has had flashes of brilliance in his young career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
 
The highly touted rookie scored 29 points in his second NBA game, a 132-130 Lakers victory against the Phoenix Suns.
 
But his inconsistency with his shooting is a glaring flaw in his game.
 
His father, however, thinks the culprit is his court time, or the lack of thereof.
 
"Let him play the whole fourth quarter and bet you'll always win. He'll get into a better flow," LaVar Ball said.
 
He added that Lonzo is not attempting to shoot in fear of not helping the team.
 
"The in and out, sitting out six to 10 minutes? He's not going to take no shots because he's not in the flow."
 
The Lakers, however, are not pushing the panic button yet and had nothing but good words for the UCLA standout.
 
"He's running our offense. He's our leader," Lonzo's senior Brandon Ingram said.
 
"He's leading us with passes, making it easier for other guys to score the basketball, and he's doing a good job on the defensive end."
 
The Lakers currently hold a 5-5 card.
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