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Lonzo Ball Records Record Game In Summer League

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

In Summer League play against the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball went off, recording a record 36 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks, leading the team to a 103-102 victory. With superstar Lebron James in attendance, the Lakers new point guard became the first player in Summer League history with a 30 point, 10 assist, and 8 rebound performance, and the first Laker to record 30+ points and 10 assists in any contest since Kobe Bryant in 2014. Lonzo was also the first Laker to assist on 60+ game points since Bryant played for the team. 

Along with playing like him, Ball also contributed some of the performance to the “Black Mamba” himself, as the rookie elected to don Kobe’s Nike basketball shoes instead of his trademark Big Baller Brand sneakers. It was the first time Ball appeared on the court in a shoe other than his own brand. 

When asked about this decision, Lonzo said, “Um, you know, Mamba Mentality, thought I’d switch it up.” 

Lebron also took exception to Lonzo donning Nike attire for the first time, sending his regards in an Instagram video of Ball with the caption, “Just. Do. It.” 

With a shaky start in the summer league, many were doubting Ball’s capability to lead an NBA team as a rookie, but after this performance, many believe that the Laker’s future looks bright. 

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