Lonzo Ball’s stat line was down after two big games. He still had the building buzzing Saturday night at the NBA Summer League.
The Los Angeles Lakers overcame a double-digit deficit to advance to the semifinals with a 115-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, with much of the focus again on Ball’s feet.
His choice of footwear has become one of the biggest stories of Summer League. After wearing his own ZO2 shoes in his first two games, which sell for $495 under his family’s independent Big Baller Brand, Ball wore the Nike Kobe AD and a James Harden signature Adidas in the following games. It was Under Armour’s turn Saturday when Ball played in a pair from Stephen Curry’s signature line.
“When I wake up, I decide that,” Ball told ESPN.
When asked if the shoe rotation is part of a bigger plan, the No. 2 overall pick replied, “You could say that.”
Ball had 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Vander Blue and No. 27 overall pick Kyle Kuzma carried the offensive load. Blue scored 27 and buried a 3-pointer with 1:07 left to give the Lakers a 111-103 lead. Kuzma added 26.
Ball had a triple-double and a 36-point, eight-rebound, 11-assist performance in his two previous games.
No. 15-seeded Los Angeles (4-2) advanced to play third-seeded Dallas on Sunday.