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Lakers rule Lonzo Ball out for Summer League title game

Lonzo Ball elects to wear Nikes in his most recent Summer League game Lonzo Ball elects to wear Nikes in his most recent Summer League game
Sherri Watson | 18 July, 2017, 07:56

It's the first Summer League title in Lakers history and they became the lowest seed (No. 15) to win the title in Vegas Summer League history.

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.

What you think of Lonzo Ball at Summer League speaks as much to what you want to see as what he has done on the court. He has recorded two triple-doubles in the summer league.

There's a lot of reason for hope for the Lakers - Ball has "it".

Ball's emergence in summer league has excited the Lakers' coaching staff and those watching from courtside seats, including Lakers head coach Luke Walton and assistant Jesse Mermuys.

"It's making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind", Ball said via text message.

In fact, the only foreseeable roadblock for Ball is his right calf, which experienced tightness against the Mavericks on Sunday, causing him to miss the game's final 16 minutes.

"The way he passes the ball, the way he plays the game is contagious". The answer is not almost often enough, but now it will likely be on a nightly basis when watching the Los Angeles Lakers. Typically, though, most National Basketball Association players rest following the Summer League regardless of any injuries, serious or minor. Unlike Tebow, he projects as a very good professional player, and he's shown that in the Summer League. "And it's a simple thing, but like you said, when you're a wing player or a big man and you know if you run the floor that ball is gonna hit you - and he does it 100% of the time". The Lakers clearly would rather have a young player on the court, but it is still unclear how the lineup will be set up for the first game. He drained 5 of 7 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, for 16 points.

The Lakers built a 62-40 halftime lead over the Mavericks.

But then the Lakers, who had gone more than three minutes without scoring, got two free throws from Alex Caruso with 1:59 left and a 3-pointer from Matt Thomas with 1:42 remaining to subdue the threat. "He's going to shoot the same way, comfortable, like I said, who cares about his shot".