While it's hard to say whether the different shoes were the reason for Ball's improved performance, he went on ESPN's SportsCenter after the game and explained his decision to sport the Nike kicks instead of his BBB ones. They seem to be working. As of Saturday, he averaging 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. But he chose to wear Kobe Bryant's signature shoes against the 76ers Wednesday night.
His twin triple-doubles are two more than the last decade of summer hoops. "You know, I'm just moving on from summer league now and getting ready for training camp".
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.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) tries to drive past Dallas Mavericks guard Nicolas Brussino (9) as guard Yogi Ferrell (11) runs during the NBA Summer League semifinal game at Thomas and Mack Center on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Las Vegas.
After the game, ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth asked Ball about the shoe changes. The younger Ball wore his signature Big Baller Brand shoes, the ZO2s, in his first two summer league games, but he opted for a pair of Nikes for Wednesday's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
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. I felt good. Kuz was catching everything, hitting his. You don't want to give Lonzo the best player in the world and don't get no championship? His layup with 2:29 left in the first quarter began a floodgate of misses for the Mavericks.
The Lakers/Kings battle was one that went down to the very last minute with Sacramento's Buddy Hield and LA's Vander Blue trading three-point shot after three-point shot.
He absolutely dominated the Los Angeles Clippers' defense, putting up 36 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds.
The Lakers shot a blistering 17-of-22 from 3-point range and led by as many as 26. Williams and Casey Prather each added 10 points for the Cavaliers (3-1).
Caleb Swanigan also continued to show that his skill set can translate to the National Basketball Association, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds while ending plus-12 on the floor.