Lakers fans are having a ball as hope returns to LA

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Alright, so the Los Angeles Lakers have been terrific after an initially slow start in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The 19-year-old did it again on Thursday (July 13), when he put up 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, as the Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 94-83 to advance to quarterfinal round this weekend.

After a poor start, it's safe to say Lonzo Ball has turned his Las Vegas Summer League season around, and now is averaging close to a triple double in what is ultimately an exhibition league. The young point guard is now crushing it in the NBA Summer League and just recorded his second triple double, something no player has ever done in the Summer League.

Let's look at next summer's top potentially available names. Most people saw Lonzo Ball leading the team with his excellent passing vision and leadership, but not many thought players like Alex Caruso, Vander Blue, and Kyle Kuzma would play this well.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League- Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers fans are having a ball as hope returns to LA

Both LaVar and Lonzo Ball said that wearing different shoe brands reflects the independence Lonzo has to switch things up. "Just being cautious. I wanted to get back out there, but the training staff is going to take care of me, and I will be with them tonight and tomorrow and hope I can get back out there tomorrow". "He's just incredible at getting that ball and pushing it".

ESPN's Darren Rovel revealed that Ball told him through text that his son was "making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind". The kicks are featured in a black and gold colorway and have enhanced the talks that Ball will soon sign a deal with a shoe brand. "To support ball and support the other draft picks as well". "Thus, I don't see a clear marketing explanation". Ball had just five points on 2-of-15 shooting in that game and pundits everywhere were ready to write him off as a bust while blaming his father, LaVar, for setting him up for failure.

Ball's big game silenced critics who questioned his ability after a lackluster performance in his Summer League debut against the L.A. Clippers on July 7.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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