Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball: “I felt good. Still a little bit of discomfort. Just trying to progress every day.” Says he’s not sure about playing tomorrow.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo's absence has been a "setback, for sure" for team chemistry, Walton said. But Walton hopeful Lonzo will practice every day next week.
Mike Bresnahan: Will Lonzo play in preseason finale Friday vs. Clippers? Said Luke Walton: "I'm hoping, yes. Am I planning on him playing? No."
Lonzo Ball did some on-court work before tonight's game against Utah to test his ankle. He remains out against Utah. Luke Walton said the Lakers would wait to see if Ball can return to practice and then see how the ankle responds before determining if he will play in the preseason finale on Friday.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball will be out for Tuesday's game. Not a surprise since he did not practice today.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball is still having difficulty moving side to side and did not rule out the possibility of the No. 2 overall pick sitting out the remainder of the preseason. Walton did make it clear, though, that Ball is considered day-to-day, adding that "I assume he will be back" by the season opener against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19.
"I hope not, but yeah, that's a possibility," Walton said when asked if Ball could miss the rest of the preseason. "It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we've got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from. We'd like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there."
"If he is not ready, he won't [play]," Walton said of the season opener. "Again, it is day to day so I assume he will be back by then. If he's not ready to play basketball and really cut and move and do everything that you need that ankle you need it to do for you, we are not going to play him." "It's just still sore," Walton added. "He said he can run straight and feels no pain, but it's going side to side that really gets him."
Walton did make it clear, though, that Ball is considered day-to-day, adding that "I assume he will be back" by the season opener against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers announce Brandon Ingram will be available to play tomorrow in Vegas. Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Andrew Bogut (groin) are questionable.
Lonzo Ball (mild ankle sprain) and Brandon Ingram (head) did not practice on Tuesday and their statuses will be updated tomorrow before the Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets.
"I don't think Lonzo's is anything too serious," Lakers head coach Luke Walton said. "But since it's preseason, we gave him the day off to make sure his ankle's right and he'll get reevaluated tomorrow. He had treatment all day today."
Kristian Winfield: Magic Johnson said the Lakers don't know if Lonzo Ball's calf or groin injury is a tear or not. Wants to make sure nothing is seriousZ
Lonzo Ball has been ruled out by the Los Angeles Lakers for Monday night's NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship game with a mild calf strain, the team said. The Lakers' No. 2 overall pick had said he would receive treatment leading up to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers and was hopeful to play.
Lonzo Ball: Lonzo Ball is expected to play tonight in summer league game, source told ESPN. Missed last game with groin injury. 10:30 ET on ESPN2.
Mark Medina: Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma participated in team workout/walk trough today while Josh Hart & PJ Dozier received treatment.
Sam Amick: Summer League letdown: I'm told Lakers' Lonzo Ball will rest a sore groin tonight & miss a faceoff/rematch against Kings' De'Aaron Fox.
Ramona Shelburne: Lonzo Ball (groin) is OK, source says. Lakers just wanna play it safe. So no face off vs Fox & the Kings.
September 22, 2021 | 4:13 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Today’s firing was announced by Glen Taylor, who is not scheduled to transfer operating control of the Wolves to Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez until after the 2022-23 season. Reminder as we await an explanation for the timing: Minnesota has made the playoffs once in 17 seasons. pic.twitter.com/LWB7NBF9U7
Katy Winge: Me: “what is it about the horses that is so soothing to you?” Jokić: “I like the smell of them. The best feeling ever is when you feed them. The sound of them eating in the stable is the best sound you can ever hear. It’s just something that I think just a horseman can feel.” pic.twitter.com/7SWebZEhW4
September 22, 2021 | 3:46 pm EDT Update
Jake Fischer: In wake of Gersson Rosas’ departure, word has circulated among league sources since Summer League that incoming Minnesota Timberwolves owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez have communicated they are fond of Sixers general manager Elton Brand. A name to keep an eye on here.
All of this stems back to Jokic’s under-the-radar approach to the game and life as an NBA superstar. The 26-year-old big man has no vision of living the celebrity lifestyle, instead opting to quietly go about his offseason back in Serbia as he prepares for another grinding season. Leave it to Hyland to perfectly encapsulate Jokic’s approach to the game when explaining some of his initial impressions of the reigning MVP. “You would never know that he won MVP,” Hyland said. “Just the way he carries himself, it’s like he’s grinding for another MVP, or he’s grinding for that next contract. He’s 1 of 1 for sure.”
The Detroit Pistons did it with a J Cole jersey earlier this year along with a “tryout” offer that, let’s be honest, just didn’t seem to be real. But this time, we at least got Cole on the court. The hip-hop superstar was actually running with the Orlando Magic in a team practice. Like, it was really him. Practicing. With the Magic. Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton. All of them.