Lakers' Lonzo Ball suffers calf tightness, exits summer game

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Lonzo Ball wore his own signature shoes, the $495 Big Baller Brand ZO2s, for the first two games of the Summer League.

The King was treated to a show as Lonzo had his best game in a Lakers uniform to date, recording 36 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds.

Big Baller Brand shoes cost $495 and are set to ship November 24.

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In game three, the Lakers had to win to move on in the tournament, and they beat the Cavs 94-83, Lonzo, the Lakers 6-foot-6 19-year-old rookie, wore his college shoes, the Adidas Harden LS Primeknit. They seem to be working. Yet Ball still had an enormous impact on the game with his playmaking.

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His twin triple-doubles are two more than the last decade of summer hoops. You can see the team taking joy in making the extra pass now and that's how we want to play as an organization.

According to Ball, this is the first time his calf has gotten tight and is hopeful he could once again lead the Lakers against the Blazers. When asked if his recent stretch of games wearing sneakers not made by his family's Big Baller Brand was an endorsement audition, he responded by saying, "Something like that".

Ball deferred the credit to the other Lakers players. 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). "I think they realize this is really good forum for them". ESPN's Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Lakers are still debating whether to pursue a younger player instead for the backup point guard role. "It's good when you can wear whatever you want". The Lakers also out-rebounded the Mavs in the half, 22-12, overshadowing Smith's 14 points through two quarters. Johnathan Motley pulled down nine rebounds to go with nine points in 17 minutes. But after a three-pointer from Lakers forward Matt Thomas, the Mavericks trailed 42-29 with 7:38 left in the half. The 2016 No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

In that 96-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers' No.3 pick in last June's draft was frighteningly bad, shooting 2-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-11 beyond the 3-point arc.



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