Lonzo Ball had his best game after ditching Big Baller Brand

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

On Wednesday night in Vegas, Ball sported Nike kicks, and the Lakers' point guard followed that up with wearing Adidas shoes for Thursday night's game.

Ivica Zubac, who started 11 games at center for the Lakers last season, finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

The Lakers played an impressive matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Monday, a three point victory for Los Angeles.

His 10 point first half on a ideal 4-4 from the field was done with "The King" LeBron James watching in the front row. Ferrell had 15 points and Ashley had 13.

Wearing Jordans on his feet instead of the family's Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball made 5 of 7 shots and had a handsome punch-ahead pass to Alex Caruso for a dunk that had thousands of Lakers fans out of their seats in the first half.

He leads the Las Vegas Summer League in assists and steals.

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In his National Basketball Association debut last week at the ongoing summer league here in this blistering desert, wonder boy Lonzo Ball finished with an underwhelming triple-single - five points, four rebounds and five assists. Ball took matters from there while operating as a scorer and facilitator to put the Lakers up by 20, 54-34. For all the flak he took for putting out a signature shoe before he was even drafted in the league, you think he'd at least stick with it and fight through the hate.

Ball, 19, was the second overall pick in the NBA Draft this year out of UCLA.

The hype about his passing has been real since the first possession of Summer League, when he delivered a pinpoint lob to Brandon Ingram for an alley-oop that had Lakers fans dreaming about the future.

Prior to the injury, Ball's perimeter shot had finally arrived, as he knocked down his first two 3-point attempts. Smith went right to the rim, using a little Euro-step to draw a foul. "He came back and showed that he can be one of the best rookies in the league". The Grizzlies traded Stokes to Miami the following season in the deal that brought Mario Chalmers to Memphis.

Amusing how things work. the Lakers' last great point guard ushering in the era of the Lakers' next great point guard, as if it was meant to be.

Mike James scored 32 points for the Suns as the recently signed Euroleague combo guard knocked down 11 of 16 attempts.

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