Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
Would Thomas start over Ball? Could they play together? Would Thomas demand a buyout? The message on Thomas’ screen referenced none of that. Ball simply wanted to know if on days off his new teammate liked to get in the gym. “I told him there is no days off,” Thomas said. He would be at the Lakers’ practice facility the next morning at 11. Ball asked if he could join him. “That says a lot about the type of person and player he is,” Thomas said. “He wants to be great. He wants to get better. I’m all for helping him. I’ve been in the league seven years and I know a little bit about the NBA. But at the same time I’m pushing to be great as well.”
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball went through a full practice today. He’s still officially listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game. Walton said they’ll make that decision tomorrow after they see how he responds to practice. “He looked good today. It’s all about how he recovers.”
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball on tomorrow’s game: “If it was up to me I’d be playing, but I gotta get the clearance from (the training staff).” He’ll share how he feels tomorrow w/t trainers and go from there. Ball added that he didn’t think he’d be out this long, and said he’s been frustrated.
Bill Oram: Channing Frye is not yet back with the Lakers after having an appendectomy last weekend. He will be out for at least the next five games, including the coming road trip which concludes March 3 in San Antonio.
For Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, the NBA snapped into focus when, a few months shy of his sixth birthday, he saw a high school kid go No. 1 overall. “Seeing LeBron James getting drafted out of high school,” Ingram said. (Was it the suit that did it for him? “It definitely wasn’t the suit,” he said with a laugh.) “Just to see him make it out of high school and just see some of his highlights, and how crazy it was just to make that jump from high school was inspiring for me and motivational for me.”