After going 2-for-15 from the field in his Summer League debut, there was an abundance of skepticism about Lonzo Ball.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Alex Caruso to a two-way contract, it was announced by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Five points and five assists on disgusting shooting wasn't the ideal stat line for a player with as much hype as Ball had surrounding him. He already has natural rivalries with players like Embiid in a league that showcases personalities and rivalries, and he's playing for the Lakers-the team with perhaps the most marketing potential when it's at its best. He has led the Lakers to the summer-league finals thanks to double-doubles in three straight games, including three triple-doubles.
The former UCLA product exited Sunday's game midway through the third quarter after piling up 16 points and 10 assists.
Swanigan almost finished with a triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. The Lakers combined to shoot 14/24 (53.8 percent) from distance as a team.
However, the Lakers have ruled out rookie point guard Lonzo Ball from the game due to a mild calf strain that he suffered in the semifinal game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Ball played a total of 21 minutes.
With the Lakers having drafted in the lottery four years in a row, their rebuild is finally showing promise. This gives the Dallas Mavericks their first loss of the summer, as they finished a ideal 5-0 previously in Orlando League competition.
The Lakers have a rich tradition with their bigs and a few lessons from the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Shaquille O'Neal could change the way Lopez looks at the game.
Ball also missed last week's game against Sacramento because of a groin injury, preventing an anticipated matchup against No. 5 pick De'Aaron Fox.
Another win and the Lakers will be champions once again. It has also led to a sped-up pace and a 3-point heavy attack.
This was the first game of the summer that Lonzo sported anything besides his signature Big Baller Brand Zo2 sneaker and the results didn't lie.
With what we've seen so far, the Mavericks have a lot to be happy about. This indicates that the National Basketball Association experts don't feel the Lakers had a very successful offseason, despite adding Brook Lopez and Lonzo Ball to the roster.
As with any game the Lakers played, the fans leaned significantly purple and gold.