Who can blame them? "We feel like the way he's playing can really transform our whole team". These match-ups were rarely even televised.
"I didn't know he was there until after the game". He did not. You can chalk that up to first-game jitters.
Kyle Kuzma has shown signs of brilliance continually throughout these summer league games. And after sitting out the next game against college rival Da'aaron Fox, the skeptics quickly returned. Ball scored 28 of his 36 points in the second half, dished out 11 assists. Ball remained aggressive and was 9-of-12 on twos and also from the free throw line, and that puts more pressure on the defense because he's too outstanding a passer to miss open guys once they collapse on him.
Ball finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 34 minutes, as the Lakers extended their Summer League winning streak to four games after losing the opening two contests of the session.
Markelle Fultz, the only player picked ahead of Ball, looked good in Summer League before picking up an ankle injury. The young point guard broke the UCLA assist record during his college stint, he averaged 7.7 assists per game. Isaiah Whitehead, Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin round out the cast of summer Nets who played last season in the big leagues. 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.
According to Ball, this is the first time his calf has gotten tight and is hopeful he could once again lead the Lakers against the Blazers. "It was D'Angelo who was initially hailed as the next great passer brought in to save the Lakers" sinking ship.
"He's going to make passing what Jordan made scoring".
The seemingly endless debate about whether Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James or former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is the greatest player in National Basketball Association history will likely go on forever.
"While some have questioned whether Rondo is the best fit for such a role, numerous young players on Rondo's previous team, the Chicago Bulls, praised his leadership".