Ball, 19, went down with calf stiffness in Sunday night's 108-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks in their semifinals matchup. Since then, Ball has been the best player in the Summer League. He posted a Las Vegas Summer-League record two triple doubles as he led the tournament in assists (9.3 per game), ranked third in steals (2.5), 18th in rebounds (7.7) and 20th in points (16.3). Thursday night against the Cavs' squad, he finished with 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.
Summer League championship or not, this is exactly what Laker Nation wanted to see over the last week.
With the buzz around Ball, it's easy to forget there are other rookies and that it's still Summer League.
The Los Angeles Lakers rookie had been chastised for his shooting form, and hitting just one of 11 3s in the game seemed to be enough evidence to all but cement him as a probable bust. "He's played a ton of minutes. I thought he's done a really good job of playing his game, not trying to do anything for anyone else and feeling out the National Basketball Association game a little bit while he's been here in Summer League".More news: Roger Federer not ready to call time on illustrious career just yet
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Ball has been a superstar in Las Vegas and a huge draw. If you're a Lakers fan looking to see him play, yes. But he's a major asset for us, so we'll let the medical staff and management decide if he can play.
Yes, Lonzo Ball playing a Summer League game-a game that absolutely does not matter-was ESPN's top story in the entire sports world.
As someone who's never even touched a pair of Big Baller Brand ZO2's, I have no idea how comfortable (or uncomfortable) they are.
I know no one actually wants this to be the answer, and it's not because "when you're a big baller, you can wear whatever you want".