Lonzo Ball dazzles again, but leaves win with calf tightness

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Lakers coach Luke Walton and GM Magic Johnson might need to sit down with the Ball family and explain the ramifications of wearing poorly made sneakers.

Big Baller Brand, Nike, Adidas - it doesn't matter.

On another play, Ball took an outlet pass and in one motion, fired a near three-quarter-court pass just over the outstretched arms of a Dallas defender to teammate Kyle Kuzma, who drove in for a dunk. In six appearances, he is averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and one block per game, while also leading all players with 9.3 assists per game. Lonzo say's it's what Big Ballers do; they can play in whatever shoe they want too.

Lonzo Ball wore Nike Air Jordan XXXI sneakers during Sunday's game. The former Michigan State Spartan knocked down a crossover, pull-up 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give the Spurs an 81-78 lead with 1:02 remaining in the game. Then he brought the Lakers back from a 15-point deficit to claim a spot in the round of 16 on Thursday against No. 2 seed Cleveland. But some insiders in the shoe industry thought it was unusual that Lonzo was wearing other brands so soon. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson posted nine points and eight rebounds as Brooklyn continues to try to get experience from its young veterans, even if they played heavy regular-season minutes. The brand is growing with Ball officially becoming a Laker.

Rovell also reported in April that because of LaVar's hefty $1 billion offer for a co-endorsement between Big Baller Brand and Nike, Nike turned down a deal with Lonzo. "I saw him right under the basket". Maybe wearing the Kobe's helped alleviate the groin issue he had earlier in the week.

Lonzo Ball dazzles again, but leaves win with calf tightness
Lonzo Ball dazzles again, but leaves win with calf tightness

James, who left the game with six minutes remaining according to ESPN, didn't just notice Ball's seemingly improved understanding of how to run an National Basketball Association offense. Right or wrong, people who watched him last night and people who are waking up to Ball's performance are talking about how he did it in Nikes.

So when Lonzo Ball struggled in his Lakers debut at the Las Vegas Summer League, the naysayers jumped faster than a rabbit in heat.

Looking to build on Saturday's dominant 91-74 win over Boston in the quarterfinals, the No. 3-seeded Mavericks tried to cool down the streaking Lakers in front of the Las Vegas crowd.

But behind all these stat-stuffing success, the man who is the heart and soul - and of course, the mouth - of his hype machine, LaVar Ball, isn't at all impressed.

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