Will De'Aaron Fox be the bane of Lonzo Ball's NBA career
Lonzo Ball, Lakers point guard, still out of Monday night's summer league game against De'Aaron Fox and the Kings because of his groin injury. A least, that's what the team said.
However, fans of basketball had different theories to explain why Ball might sit Monday night. Despite recording a triple-double in his second summer game, still, some unvoidable weaknesses were shown in his game, that was shooting, may have forced the Lakers to be cautious with their first-round pick.
Fox is bending itself to get the better of Ball in head-to-head matchups, most notably in the Sweet 16 when Fox put up 39 points in an 86-75 win. Ball scored just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting in the game and had four turnovers.
The two could have a prime opportunity to showcase their skills again Monday night, but there was only Fox.
"Sore groin, really, how convenient," Michael Smith said Monday on ESPN's SC6. "This is not being safe and playing it smart, this is playing it scared. (The Lakers) knew Fox was coming for (Ball). Fox can recite the stats from their AAU sophomore in high school matchup. You knew he (Fox) was coming, trying to get 39 (points) again."
Ball was behind Lakers and selected No. 2 overall last month, after his dad promised he would play for the Lakers well before the draft process even began. Fox got No. 5 overall, which will give him more power to outperform Ball.
Although the summer game, which strated at the beginning of July is hard to say a crucial game, it would have been nice to see Ball and Fox duke it out again.
It may make sense Fox might be Ball's nemesis. For all the hype surrounding Ball, of course he knew that there are facets of his game that need obvious improvement. Fox is not a finished product himself, but he certainly knows how to shine against Ball and probably beyond his head.
Ball said for injury issue he needed to take a rest for Monday and it "tightened up" after the second summer game.