Lonzo Ball rocks James Harden's shoes during Summer League
17 July 2017, 01:54 | Andy Ferguson
LaVar Ball explained that Lonzo wore other brands' shoes completely out of spite
No, he won't be a bust if he plays poorly in the next game.
"This is the first time my calf got tight", Ball said, adding that he still felt stiffness. Saturday night against the Nets, Lonzo went for his third different shoe brand in as many games, and busted out a pair of the new Curry 4s from Under Armour.
Ball once again put on full display his unique passing ability throughout the night that included six assists in the first quarter.
Judging by how the Lakers dealt with the Timofey Mozgov contract this offseason, it would not be surprising to see them try and do the same with Luol Deng. And he had monster games in all three pairs of shoes, which, of course, has people wondering why Ball had made a decision to wear the shoes of competing companies rather than his own sneakers. There's always guys who come before for these young players to be compared to. It is incredible to watch.
Lonzo Ball has been trying to send a message to shoe companies throughout the Las Vegas Summer League. He dished out 10 assists, all by halftime, to go with four rebounds in an anticipated showdown with Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr.
Big Baller Brand, Nike, Adidas - it doesn't matter. On Sunday, he wore a pair of Air Jordan XXXI's. Averaging 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game with two triple-doubles to boot, the 2017 second overall pick has been balling his heart out - all pun intended - to the delight of the Los Angeles Lakers' fans.
After receiving treatment, the highly-touted rookie point guard didn't return to the match and remained on the bench the entire last quarter.
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The Lakers led by as many as 26 points before the Mavericks mounted a comeback, trimming the deficit to two with 2 minutes to play. "He's just incredible at getting that ball and pushing it". Johnson stood up and applauded.
"He's already one of the best passers I've seen at this level", Summer League head coach Jud Buechler said. As each game passed, the crowd filled in just a little bit more until, for the day's finale, the lower bowl was completely packed. "You can see what he is all about, and he's a victor, that's what he is".
Surrendering 10-of-13 shooting from behind the three-point arc, the Mavericks were outshot as a team from the field in the first half, 69.7 percent to 35.9 percent.
That kind of praise is backed up when Ball does something like skip a pass from beyond the 3-point arc into the restricted area.
"Something like that", Ball said. "The whole time it's been like that, I've just been settling".
"I didn't know he was there until after the game". He tells me his thoughts in this interview after the Ballislife All-American game.
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