Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lonzo Ball Explains Why He Wore Kobe ADs Last Night

Lonzo Ball Explains Why He Wore Kobe ADs Last Night

Newly acquired Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball showcased his skills during the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas this month and received comparisons to Hall of Famer Michael Jordan.

The wardrobe change seemed to work out pretty well, as Ball notched a double-double in the 103-102 win that included a 36-point explosion to go along with 11 assists and eight rebounds. Ball returned to the Lakers bench, but it does put his status for Monday's game in doubt. He also noticed that the former UCLA standout ditched his Big Baller Brand shoes, choosing a pair of Nike Kobe Bryant Mamba Instincts.

Ball wore the sneakers for his first two Summer League games, but come Wednesday, Ball ditched the BBB's in favor of Nike sneakers. He was one of basketball's best point guards in the '90s to impact the game without scoring the ball.

Ball, who had a triple-double in his second game Saturday before sitting out against the Sacramento Kings because of a groin strain, showed what he can do when he is able to get to the basket.

There are a lot of storylines to consider, but the Sixers will need to advance tonight, and face the Cleveland Cavaliers if they want to continue to play this summer. Ball made a 3 on the Lakers' first possession and finished 5 of 7 from the field.

So when Lonzo Ball struggled in his Lakers debut at the Las Vegas Summer League, the naysayers jumped faster than a rabbit in heat. Instead, Lonzo, in just his third game as a pro, switched to wearing Nikes.

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The Blazers trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half and by seven points at halftime, but they fought back in the third and fourth quarters to earn a hard-fought victory.

"Lonzo is not forced to wear any brand and can play in any shoe he wants as long as it's OK with the NBA", LaVar said.

Whether it was a turnaround jumper over fellow lottery pick Dennis Smith Jr. or a almost full-court slingshot pass to set up a basket, Ball once again showed why Lakers fans are giddy about his future. Smith matched the 14 points to go with three assists and a rebound in the opening half. His layup with 2:29 left in the first quarter began a floodgate of misses for the Mavericks.

Johnathan Motley chipped in 15 points for the Mavericks, but All-Rookie second team selection Yogi Ferrell was held scoreless.

Amusing how things work. the Lakers' last great point guard ushering in the era of the Lakers' next great point guard, as if it was meant to be.

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