After dropping their first two games of pool play, the Lakers have won five straight to make an unlikely push to the final day of summer league.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was interviewed after the Lakers-Cavaliers Las Vegas Summer League contest on Wednesday night’s ESPN SportsCenter.
Ball, 19, went down with calf stiffness in Sunday night’s 108-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks in their semifinals matchup.
Ball also had 7 turnovers and only shot 6-20 from the field, but his shooting was mostly expected to be hot and cold, and the raw highlights are still pretty impressive*.
Ball has triple-doubled twice and recorded at least 10 assists four times. He already has natural rivalries with players like Embiid in a league that showcases personalities and rivalries, and he’s playing for the Lakers-the team with perhaps the most marketing potential when it’s at its best.
Walton told Lowe that this skill was something the Lakers targeted during the pre-draft process and was one of the deciding factors in drafting Ball.
Several times in Summer League, Ball has wowed crowds with a quick, full-court outlet pass to a teammate streaking down the court for an easy basket.
“It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind,”his father LaVar Ball said in a text message to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell”.
Ball is suffering from a mild calf strain in his right leg.
Yet, as great as Ball has played, he’s only half of the story here.
Mavericks Summer League coach, and former Australian NBL import, Jamahl Mosley said Webster had impressed him in Vegas. “If he plays, how many minutes, we don’t know”. “We’ll see. We’ll find out after our breakfast”.
2 overall pick had said he would receive treatment leading up to to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers and was hopeful to play. Ball made a 3 on the Lakers’ first possession and finished 5 of 7 from the field. The Lakers are being cautious to avoid the risk of a more serious injury. He spun the story to his advantage by claiming that owning his own sneaker label gives him the freedom to wear whatever kicks he wants, when he wants to.