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Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) towards the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

Jason Kidd is without doubt one of the biggest, most versatile level guards in NBA historical past. He’s a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, his first yr of eligibility, and is cemented all through the professional hoops document books, whether or not or not it’s for badists (second all-time with 12,091), triple-doubles (third all-time with 107) or All-Defensive picks (tied for fifth all-time with 9).

So as Kidd, now head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, sees it, it is time to cease evaluating him to Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

Making an look on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, Kidd stated that these comparisons, which have been thrown round since Ball entered the nationwide highlight final yr at UCLA, are “a stretch.”

“The first thing (when making those comparisons) — does someone play hard for 48 minutes and are you willing to do anything to win?” Kidd stated. ” … He has to understand what it means to play hard and what it means to win and how to win at the highest level. It takes time. Hopefully, in three years, maybe there is a better comparison. But right now, it is a stretch, and he has a ways to go.”

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As Kidd famous, it is “still early” in Ball’s profession. He solely has 11 NBA video games underneath his belt and is a yr away from his 21st birthday. Great issues take time, and for Ball, the potential to be nice is actually there.

But the primary three weeks of Ball’s profession have been underwhelming. He’s averaging 6.eight badists and 6.three rebounds, ok for second and fourth, respectively, amongst his fellow rookies. But his scoring — he is averaging eight.eight factors per recreation on 29.5% taking pictures from the sector and 23.1% from past the arc and has solely reached the double-digit mark twice — has been an early trigger for concern.

“It’s going to take a little time because of all the hype and expectations that everybody thought he was going to come out and set the league on fire,” Kidd stated, noting that Ball will probably be “fine” as his profession progresses. ” … He still has the skill set that a lot of guys don’t have in this league, and that’s making his teammates better.”

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