Kyle Kuzma Is A Really Fun Rookie, Also Lonzo Ball Was There
Whatever happens in Los Angeles during this upcoming NBA regular season, and until further notice, Lonzo Ball is the new face of the Lakers. You can kind of read that in this breathless Ohm Youngmisuk recap of last night’s Lakers preseason game against the Timberwolves:
In his first preseason game with the Los Angeles Lakers, Lonzo Ball struggled with his shot but still displayed his ability to rack up triple-double-like numbers.
Although Ball missed 7 of 9 shots, including shooting 1-of-5 from 3-point range, the rookie didn’t do anything to temper the excitement surrounding him and the Lakers for this season.
Considering that Ball had a very similar game in his summer league debut before racking up a couple of triple-doubles and leading the Lakers to the summer league title, the Lakers think their rookie point guard will only get better and more comfortable.
Whew! Ball was fine—he is constantly looking and pressing for opportunities to get the ball behind the defense, and I have no doubt whatsoever that he can be the lead guard on a really fun, uptempo team—but let’s calm down just a little bit. His “triple-double-like” numbers—five points, seven rebounds, and eight assists in 36 minutes, minus-11 for the game—were in fact exactly triple-single-like, and it remains an open question how exactly Lonzo will do any scoring at the NBA level. He’s fun to watch! He has a lot of that Ricky Rubio-Rajon Rondo odd-angle passing ability, and his willingness to throw a quick hit-ahead pass to turn semi-transition into full-blown transition makes for exciting stuff.