Sport For new Lakers duo Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, summer league a preview of future

00:00  08 july  2017
00:00  08 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Lonzo Ball opens Lakers' Summer League with magnificent alley-oop to Brandon Ingram

  Lonzo Ball opens Lakers' Summer League with magnificent alley-oop to Brandon Ingram Lonzo Ball connected with Brandon Ingram for his first career assist as a Laker.With fans already on their feet inside the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Ball found last year's No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram for perfectly timed alley-oop.

Previewing a busy summer league for the Lakers . The Lakers ’ young talent will look to make some noise in Las Vegas over the next week or so, as Lonzo Ball , Brandon Ingram and friends hope to take home the 2017 NBA Summer League title.

The Lakers roster is pretty stacked with three players from last year’s roster and four rookies on the team, not to mention the reigning G- League MVP. All eyes will be on Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball , but there is plenty to watch for on this entire roster.

Lonzo Ball© (Getty Images) Lonzo Ball

The Lakers' future will be on display for the first time Friday night in Las Vegas.

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Sure, it's only an NBA Summer League game, something only die-hard fans care much about, but when the Lakers' team face the Clippers, all eyes will be on rookie Lonzo Ball.

It will also give fans a chance to see the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft take the court with second-year Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick last year.

Again, it's only a Summer League game, but for Lakers fans who've seen the franchise hit hard times in recent years, this is good stuff — cornerstones for a (hopefully) Lakers dynasty learning to play together for the first time.

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  NBA Summer League: Clippers spoil Lonzo Ball's debut with Lakers Sindarius Thornwell and Brice Johnson pace Clippers to 96-93 win.

Lonzo Ball will surely be greeted with raucous enthusiasm as he makes his Lakers debut on Friday night, as the purple Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac have the most NBA experience on the Lakers Summer League roster, making them the seasoned pros of the team at the ripe, old ages of 19 and 20.

Lakers rookies Lonzo Ball , right, and Kyle Kuzma, left, relax after practice on Wednesday in El Segundo. The newest Lakers players are getting ready for Summer League games, which begin Friday in Las Vegas.

Ball and Ingram aren't thinking in those terms, though. For them, the Las Vegas Summer League is just a chance to get out and play some ball.

“Definitely looking forward to it,” Ball told reporters (via the Los Angeles Times). “I haven’t played basketball in a while it feels like, so definitely a lot of fun getting out there.”

“[The rookies] haven’t played since college ball. Just get some run," Ingram said. "I don’t think it’s anything compared to the league, but just get some run.”

But while Ball is drawing all the buzz this summer, Ingram will look to continue making strides after averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a rookie.

Jud Buechler, the Lakers’ head coach this summer, says he's seen a difference in the 6-9 forward.

“When he’s been on the court, even in pickup games that we had in the summer before, you can tell he’s starting to emerge as a leader,” Buechler said. “He’ll go out there. It’s been great to see. I think he sat back and tried to figure it out last year. You can tell he’s slowly wanting to take over the reins. … It’s his team.”

Lonzo Ball admits he's trying to start apparel bidding war .
Lonzo Ball has worn shoes made by companies other than Big Baller Brand during Summer League games, and the result may be a competition between rival brands to sign the Lakers rookie. Lonzo Ball has worn shoes made by companies other than Big Baller Brand during Summer League games, and the result may be a competition between rival brands to sign the Lakers rookie.

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