Let’s be careful about how much weight to give a single exhibition game, but Lonzo Ball was atrocious in his summer league debut for the Lakers.
In the Lakers’ 96-93 overtime loss to the Clippers in Las Vegas on Friday night, Ball shot 2-for-15 from the floor for just five points and turned the ball over three times. But he also had five assists — passing was the silver lining of his performance — four rebounds, two steals and a block.
“He has not played a lot of full-court basketball since (UCLA lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in March),” Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said, per the L.A. Times. “We’re not going to use that as an excuse. He needs to get better. But it was a hell of an atmosphere tonight for his first game.”
“(It was) just a lot different from UCLA, a lot more screens,” Ball said. “Just gotta learn how to fight over them.”
It was February when Yankees president Randy Levine took Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys Good Quality Cheap Jerseys to the media to criticize Yankees All-Star reliever Dellin Betances after arbitration hearings.
The Yankees apparently didn’t learn — after the media ring of fire that surrounded Levine for his comments — that it was a bad thing to criticize your players openly, considering they’re back at it. This time the target is incredibly unfortunate and oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird.
“You really have to wonder what’s with this guy (Bird),” a Yankees insider told Bill Madden via the New York Daily News. “You’d think with (Aaron) Judge and (Gary) Sanchez, the guys he came up through the system with, doing so well up here he’d want to be a part of this. Apparently not.”