Can the Los Angeles Lakers return to the era of showtime, or at least improve enough that they can return to winning ways? Fans are about to get a first look at the Lakers’ future, as they take to the court for the first time in Las Vegas on Friday night.
It may only be a NBA Summer League game, but tonight, wen the Lakers take on their stadium rival Los Angeles Clippers, it will be the first time they see the super hyped Lonzo Ball in a Lakers uniform. It will be the first time Ball steps on the court for a game with the Lakers number 2 over-all pick from last year, Brandon Ingram.
The Lakers have fallen on hard times. Gone are Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Shaq. It is a rebuilding time, and if fans listen to Ball’s hype man, Lonzo’s father, the second coming of the basketball messiah is here, in his son. So fans are really wanting to see a glimmer of hope from this summer league game.
While fans are hoping to see a glimpse of a new championship era, for Ball and Ingram, it is a chance to play some ball. Both of the Lakers top draft picks are just dying to get back onto the floor and just run.
During his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ingram averaged 9.4 points pregame, and pulled down four rebounds each contest, according to the Sporting News, stats he knows he can improve. Ball maybe all anyone is talking about, but one player will not bring a championship to the city of Angels. It will take a whole team.
Now the big question will be, following all the hype from his father, his refusal to work out for any team other than the Lakers during the pre-draft teem looks. He turned down a number of top teams, including the Boston Celtics. Even before stepping on a pro court, he released his own show, which retails for $500. The arrogance and the overconfidence could easily spell disaster for the rookie out of UCLA.
Many times a great player from college has come to the NBA and just flopped. Or had one good season, and then not been able to hold their own. Can Lonzo Ball live up to his father’s hype and be a player that makes Michael Jordan, Bryant, or LeBron James look like a joke, or will Ball be his own joke? Well, that is what fans want to get a glimpse of in tonight’s summer league game.
What do you think? Will Lonzo Ball live up to the hype and return championships to the Los Angeles Lakers? Or will he end up being a big disappointment? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Facebook/Lonzo Ball