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Luke Walton gushes over Lonzo Ball's passing, vision and aggressiveness

Luke Walton gushes over Lonzo Ball's passing, vision and aggressiveness

"It's a simple thing, but, like you said, when you're a wing player or you're a big man and you know if you run the floor, that ball's going to hit you, and he does it 100 percent of the time".

Ball found himself as a major subject of conversation not for his play, but for his shoe selection.

According to ESPN's Jovan Buha, the Big Baller Brand founder is looking past his son's numbers for two reasons. Ball electrified the mainly Laker crowd.

Nike spokesman LeBron James, who has a lifetime deal with the company, shared a video of Ball wearing the shoes on his Instagram feed. Dennis Smith Jr. has been one of the best players in summer league causing many to call him the steal of the draft. Because of that, the other Lakers are moving well off the ball, running the court, and he has changed the dynamic of the Lakers team (much like he did at UCLA).

Lonzo takes on the Mavericks on Sunday in Summer League. After a dud of a first game, he has the Lakers rolling with his up-tempo, spread-the-ball-around style of play.

Ball tried to jog it off in a back hallway in the third quarter, but he was hobbling a little bit and was shut down for the remainder of the game.




After scoring a summer-high 36 points in Wednesday's win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Ball again struggled with his shot Thursday.

On one play in the first half, Ball chased down a loose ball toward half court, and just before a Dallas defender could get there, Ball punched the ball forward downcourt to teammate Alex Caruso for a dunk. They are running shoes, but I can interview ballers all day wearing them.

His twin triple-doubles are two more than the last decade of summer hoops. "Obviously when you lose Lonzo, it's tough on the team, but I really want to give a lot of credit to those guys that came in and held on".

"I think we exhausted them out a little bit", said Kuzma, who added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. His lone blemish has been his three-point shooting. "I learned a lot about the National Basketball Association game", Smith said after averaging 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals in the Mavs' six games.

Memphis had plenty of balance with four players in double figures, but finishing 2-of-10 from three-point range as a team wasn't enough to keep up on the scoreboard down the stretch.

The Sixers surrendered a 15-point lead in the second half. He can also show the rookie point guard the tricks of the trade in a mentor role off the bench. The 2016 No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists.


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