"Something like that", Ball said. "LaVar said it was gonna happen".
However, it actually hurt the Lakers offense in those first two games. "He was just dynamite there for about a 12-minute stretch there in the first and second quarter a little bit".
Whether Webster has done enough through the Summer League to earn himself a full National Basketball Association deal, or one of these "two-way" contracts that have been added to the landscape (enabling teams to carry an additional two roster players who can alternate between the G-League and the big league for up to 45 days) remains to be seen. On Saturday they beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-106 in the summer league quarterfinals. The Lakers are hoping the positive momentum they are building here carries over into the fall. With no draft pick, there is no reason for the Lakers to shoot for their first playoff appearance in what will be five years. He tells me his thoughts in this interview after the Ballislife All-American game. The arena filled slowly throughout the day, but was packed by Lakers tipoff.
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In his next game, Ball bounced back with a triple-double, with 11 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Still, despite Smith's 12 points in the period to match Ball at the other end, the Mavs trailed 34-24 entering the second stanza.
The Lakers, who trailed the vast majority of the game, made a resounding comeback with the incredible help of their No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball. "And with 6th man Jordan Clarkson, veteran Luol Deng, backup point guard Tyler Ennis, backup swingman Corey Brewer, rookies Thomas Bryant and Josh Hart rounding out the roster, it is safe to say that the Lakers" arrow is pointing all the way up. Nobody expects them to make it far, but to just be able to compete is a huge turnaround. I wore them tonight.
It wasn't the first time Ball has been spotted rocking adidas in Lakers gear, as he put on some Adidas shoes for his pre-draft workout with the Lakers last month. The shoe, which was a gorgeous Laker purple, had to be one of the most expensive sneakers on the court. Some fans wore his UCLA jersey.
"I already played in both of my shoes, might as well get the "Mamba Mentality" going", Lonzo said after pouring in 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a win over Philly.