Lonzo Ball to miss Lakers' NBA Summer League final with calf injury

Lonzo Ball elects to wear Nikes in his most recent Summer League game

Los Angeles will play the Portland Trail Blazers for the title on Monday.

While excelling in Summer League and playing well in actual National Basketball Association games are much different, the encouraging aspect of Ball's performances is that his court vision won't go anywhere. The UCLA product finishes his first summer league experience with averages of 16.4 points, 9.2 assists and 8.4 rebounds. 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.

The other reason Lakers fans should feel good about Summer League is Kuzma.

But whether their young star, Lonzo Ball, takes the court remains to be seen.

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.

Prior to those remarks, Ball indicated that he didn't immediately notice James was in attendance at the game, but was apparently struck by the size of the future Hall of Famer.

The Los Angeles Lakers have to be thrilled with what they've seen so far.

The Lakers were the late game on Saturday in Las Vegas, the fourth of a series of contests spaced two hours apart starting at 1 p.m.

But what really had several executives and coaches around the league buzzing were Ball's "elite" passing, vision and point guard play.

With the era of the "pass-first" point guard long gone, Ball could be the beginning of the resurrection of an nearly extinct style of play. But he's a major asset for us, so we'll let the medical staff and management decide if he can play.

Another Lakers first-round rookie, forward Kyle Kuzma, led the team with 24 points Sunday, and guard Matt Thomas scored 20.

"You gon get on one knee for that bitch she get on two for me/Leave the dealer two Ferraris like it's buy one get one free/Cop two I ball like Lonzo on Rodeo shootin' threes", he raps. "He's going to shoot the same way, comfortable, like I said, who cares about his shot", LaVar said.

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