“Lonzo was great again”, Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said after the Lakers’ number two overall pick put up another triple double last night, one consisting of 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Lonzo, along with his father Lavar Ball and the rest of the Ball family, have been in the news for months now promoting their company, Big Baller Brand.
During the interview, Lonzo revealed that he was going to wear Jordan 31s. In fact, the Lakers hit 14-26 from three, with Blue, Kuzma and Thomas all making a trio of three-pointers each, while Wear finished top of the pile with four long bombs to his name. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand – having the independence to do what one wants. “I can’t wait to go out there and play him”. “Their pace in the first half kind of killed us, and they were getting easy layups in transition and getting to the rim at will”. I had scouts tell me that come the season they will go under picks and make him prove he can score at the National Basketball Association level (he’s gotten buckets driving to the rim in Summer League that will be more hard when National Basketball Association defenders who understand how to rotate get in his path). Alex Caruso then took the ball the length of the court for a layup before kicking it to Kuzma on the next possession for a corner triple that just about sealed it.
“I felt good tonight”, Ball said.
Ball deferred the credit to the other Lakers players. “I’m just throwing it to him”.
Thursday’s winners advanced to the quarterfinal round on Saturday with Portland playing San Antonio, Miami facing Memphis, Dallas against Boston and the Lakers meeting Brooklyn. But Ball’s unselfishness should encourage teammates to run the court and share the ball, and that should have a huge intangible effect on what looks like an exciting, young Lakers team.
The experts have been wrong before, though, and Lonzo Ball is turning heads in the summer league.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.