A big deal was made of the fact that Ball - who had worn his signature Big Baller Brand "Zo2" shoe during his first two games - instead went with a pair of purple Kobe's purportedly to showcase the "Mamba Mentality".
Alex Poythress swatted a block out of bounds with so much force he broke a laptop screen.
Ball wore the sneakers for his first two Summer League games, but come Wednesday, Ball ditched the BBB's in favor of Nike sneakers. Additionally, King James, who is never one to pass up an opportunity to be Offseason Petty™, made sure to share the news that Ball was wearing Nikes on Instagram. But after Motley and the Mavericks charged to within 12, the Lakers surged back comfortable ahead thanks to Kyle Kuzma's four-point play over Ding Yanyuhang. Ball had an incredible performance - 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals.
The No. 2 pick in last month's draft shifted into another gear heading into the third quarter and took advantage of gaps he saw in the Sixers' defense.
"Well, it's hard for a lot of 4s to run with him, so he keeps getting open for all of them", Ball said, referring to the power forward position. "It was the first time I was making shots".
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The Blues' top scorer will be unable to play until January as Atletico are now under a transfer embargo. The latest report suggests that the Black Eagles may loan Costa on a short-term loan until January.
In the meantime, Ball - at the behest of head coach Luke Walton - has turned up his aggression inside of the arc. "That's what I did tonight".
Smith scored 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting for the Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half before mounting a huge comeback in the fourth quarter. This indicates that the National Basketball Association experts don't feel the Lakers had a very successful offseason, despite adding Brook Lopez and Lonzo Ball to the roster.
Thomas says after Summer League play concludes he'll have to weigh all options as to what his next move will be. "That's his team and he took control of his team".
Summer league at this point can sometimes drag on a little, but the nightly questions of what brand Lonzo Ball will be wearing for each game have at least provided a fun storyline. "I think that positive momentum is carrying over into summer league and that'll carry over into preseason, training camp and the start of the regular season later this fall".
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