Skip Bayless reveals a facet to Lonzo’s game last night that could truly elevate him past Magic Johnson

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In his discussion with Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor, Skip Bayless reacts to the Los Angeles Lakers falling to the Detroit Pistons. Despite LA's loss, Skip reveals an element in Lonzo Ball's play last night that he had never seen before that he believes could truly distinguish the controversial rookie from Magic Johnson. Do you agree with Skip?

- Skip, what did you see from Lonzo last night?

- So LeShannon Sharpe, speaking of LeBron James, my God, Lonzo Ball does already have one thing in common with LeBron James.

SHANNON SHARPE: What's that?

- And that is, it's something every night. There's some new story every night with LeBron James and with Lonzo Ball.

And Lonzo's roller coaster rolled into Detroit last night. And it can be something great. It can be something awful. And some nights, as you know, it's something great and something awful.

But last night in Lonzo's 51st NBA game, he decided to feature a shot that I have rarely seen him even attempt to shoot this year, a midrange jump shot. And again, in his 51st game, he suddenly tried three midrange jump shots. And the first one was kind of a fall-away step-back jump shot, and it went right in.

SHANNON SHARPE: On one leg too.

- Off of one leg. And the last one was just a sweet shot right off the glass like he'd been doing it his whole life, which I assume he has been, but we don't see it in pro-basketball games.


- So I'm thinking, wait a second, all three of those shots were shot conventionally from the right side of his face, the way everybody else shoots it, right?


- And all three of those shots, to me, they looked confident. They looked assertive. They looked like they were shot with conviction, like he meant to shoot them that way, and like he was extremely comfortable shooting them that way.


- And I thought, wait a second, who is that guy? Because I haven't seen that guy at all this year. And I thought, that's lethal man. If that's a new weapon in your repertoire and you can shoot that consistently every night, will that not change the way he's guarded--


- --right? OK. So then, to your point, you've been saying, what's he doing shooting so many threes, six threes, seven threes, whatever.


- 12 threes. And why is he shooting so many threes? Well, maybe he was listening to you because last night he shot no threes until 2:44 was left in a game-- 2:44 left. And all of a sudden he just steps into a three and just rips it is clean as you want. That was the only three he took the whole night and he made it. And guess what? He shot it sideways like he usually shoots three-point shots.

So now we're back to the identity crisis of, Lonzo, who are you? You shoot free throws conventionally--


- --and you shoot them horribly.


- You shoot three-point shot sideways, and sometimes you go on a hot streak and sometimes you go on the all-time cold streak that we've ever seen.


- And now you're shooting midrange jump shots the right way, conventionally from the right side of your face, and they look sweet to me like you could really make that a killer weapon for you. And I'm thinking, who are you Lonzo?

And then meanwhile for the game, or after the game, Luke Walton says that he was frustrated that Lonzo passed up so many open threes. And I was getting a little antsy. Just go ahead and shoot that. If they're daring you to shoot it, you've got to shoot it. And instead he would attack off the dribble, which is fine. And Luke said it was at least OK that he went ahead and was aggressive--


- --because some nights he's not aggressive at all. So all of a sudden--

SHANNON SHARPE: Most nights.

- Most nights he's not aggressive. I'll give you that.

So last night he winds up at Detroit, a game they ended up losing after playing a really good first half and not very good second half. He goes seven for eight from the field. He's got 15 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists. And for the third-straight night on the road, he flirts with another triple double.

So I look back to what Jason Terry said sitting here yesterday. You know, he doesn't have that Jason Kidd in him, that dog in him. Yet Jason sat on the bench one night when he didn't get to play, early this year in Milwaukee, when Lonzo Ball went for 19, 12, and 13 against the team coached by Jason Kidd. And it was almost like Lonzo said, OK Jason Kidd, they say I'm going to be the next Jason Kidd. Watch this. I'm going to show you.

And after his horrible start this year where he got embarrassing and humiliated by Patrick Beverley, he went right on to Phoenix the next night and what did he do there? He went for 29, 11, and 9.

So I'm seeing bursts of absolute brilliance. I think he's special. I think he will ultimately be transcendent. And I'm seeing lots of numbers here, but they're wildly erratic, inconsistent numbers. And then all of a sudden I see a jump shot that could make him beyond Magic Johnson as a shooter, because Magic had no jump shot at all.


- He developed a set shot--

SHANNON SHARPE: It was set push shot, yes.

- And it worked man--


- --but it took him a while to figure that part out. Well, Lonzo clearly has the athletic ability and the touch to shoot, at 6 foot 7 inches tall, a midrange jumper. That would be really hard to defend. I got to tell you, if the point guard's guarding you, no point guard's going to be able to stop that.