That was when Ball drew the delay of game whistle.
At long last, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball finally made his return to game action on Friday night after missing 15 straight contests with a sprained MCL. ". They know what works: pace and defense". Also, fourth-year forward Julius Randle has been racking up the assists for the Lakers, serving as a playmaker from the post.
As a precautionary measure, the Lakers will not play Ball Saturday since it would be the second of a back-to-back set of games. "Hopefully, that makes little things just change". As a rookie, Kuzma is earning $1.4 million with the Lakers.
Lonzo Ball and Thomas can coexist and play the way Lakers coach Luke Walton wants them to play. He's averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 4.3 assists. He is going to be a special player in this league for years to come. "He is a smart basketball player, even watching from afar". That back-to-back sends the Lakers into a road swing that has them traveling from Sacramento to Atlanta to Miami to San Antonio - an eight-day trip that could potentially see the Lakers rediscover their mojo or send them plummeting.
"To me, when there's that much money involved, the players should be getting a bigger piece of that as far as being able to live in a nice place, go to a nice restaurant, instead of just fast-food type of places", Walton said. "Go back and watch old footage, brainstorm a couple of different ideas". He showed flashes in his debut, scoring 22 points, drilling four 3-pointers and dishing six assists. In his first game since January 13, Ball had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in just 17 minutes off the bench as the Lakers dominated proceedings against the visiting Mavericks. Meanwhile, the Lakers defense has regressed since the trade.
"I liked it a lot", Ball said of playing with Thomas.
Hours after the report was published, Kuzma shot casually with Ball following the Lakers' morning walk-through.