Ohm Youngmisuk: LeBron James and Lonzo Ball will not play tonight in Anaheim against the Clippers. James will get a day off and Ball is getting closer to returning.
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball will be listed as questionable for the Lakers preseason game on Saturday against the Clippers in Anaheim. He has been a full paricioang in practices for more than a week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in July. Ball last played in a game on March 28.
Brad Turner: Lonzo Ball will not play tomorrow when the Lakers face the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, per source. He will be evaluated Thursday and remains day to day to return.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says if Lonzo’s feeling great he’ll play “very limited” minutes on Thursday. The last couple games he’s ruled him out quickly.
Mike Trudell: Walton said Lonzo Ball won’t play tomorrow night. He continues to progress, but “we’re just trying to be patient” given how long he was out over the summer.
After just a couple of practices together, LeBron James says Lonzo Ball looks like someone who did not miss most of the summer due to a knee injury. "I didn't know he was gonna be full go so fast," James said after the Los Angeles Lakers practice on Saturday. "He's been going through live drills the last two and a half days. His bounce is there. His speed is there. So I don't even know if he even had surgery," James cracked.
Ball didn't suffer any setbacks following his first contact practice on Thursday. "We're gonna be patient," Walton said. "No need to rush it right now. We'll put minutes restrictions on him as he starts coming back in the preseason. And everything will be, 'How do you feel?' the next day, 'How do you feel?' that night. As long we keep checking those off and he's fine, the minutes restrictions will go up and up until we decide to get rid of it all together."
Mike Trudell: Lonzo was a full go again. Luke: “I was shocked how good he looked the last 2 days as far as his feel for the game and getting out and competing.” Walton very impressed/pleased with how good Ball looked given he didn’t play all offseason. Said you couldn’t tell he was out.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball did everything in today's practice except for the five-on-five scrimmage. Ivica Zubac was ill and unable to practice.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Magic Johnson says Lonzo Ball has gotten stronger, has shot very well when he was able to be on the court due to his knee this offseason and could have a “breakout season.” pic.twitter.com/XHtY7vl1Gs
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was among the several players on hand at the practice facility Wednesday, and his work included shooting 3-pointers. Video of that portion of Ball’s workout was captured by Ball’s manager Darren Moore and shared on his Instagram story. Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball was among the several players on hand at the practice facility Wednesday, and his work included shooting 3-pointers. Video of that portion of Ball’s workout was captured by Ball’s manager Darren Moore and shared on his Instagram story. It’s an encouraging development for Ball, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the middle of July. That came after he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee that caused him trouble throughout the season.
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday. An update will be provided following the completion of the surgery.
Sam Amick: Even with Lakers announcement that Lonzo Ball is undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on Tuesday, I'm told he's still expected to be ready for training camp.
Tania Ganguli: Rob Pelinka says Lonzo Ball will be 100% ready for training camp, but his management team is evaluating options for treating his knee.
Ball added that his left knee—the one with the torn meniscus in it—should be ready to go when the Lakers open training camp in the fall.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Listening back to pod discussion on Lonzo Ball's knee injury, I misspoke: What I planned to say was that he may require surgery, not that he requires it.
Adrian Wojnarowski: "That [Lonzo Ball] knee injury, I think there was a belief around the Lakers is that it was within his world that that got leaked out there to keep him from getting traded. He doesn’t want to be traded from L.A. It wasn’t the Lakers who wanted information out on that knee injury. There were a lot of teams who were checking on possible deals with the Lakers. They wanted to know. There were a lot of questions about that knee."
Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ball was diagnosed with the injury at the end of the season and has gone through recovery options to treat the minor injury and find the best route for his long-term future, league sources said. Ball is expected to be ready for the start of the season, league sources said.
Shams Charania: Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources tell Yahoo. Ball is expected to be ready for training camp next season.
Mike Bresnahan: Walton also said Lonzo Ball has started doing some ball-handling work on the court. Ball was sidelined for a while after receiving a PRP injection in his knee last month.
LaVar, who recently spoke with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, is concerned about his son’s injuries. However, he seems to blame the Lakers’ head trainer Gunnar Peterson for the issues that arose throughout Lonzo’s rookie season. “My expectation for Lonzo is for him to be twice as good as he was this year, and to be more healthy,” LaVar told HoopsHype. “He understands, he went through it. If you’re going to be doing those rubber-bands like that dude Gunnar has him doing, that bullsh*t training. That’s what I call it. Sh*t, he wasn’t like that when I brought him over there. When he first came , he never got hurt. He was never hurt.”
After one season, LaVar was far from impressed with his son’s training regimen in the NBA. “Now, you’ve got these guys talking about, ‘Well, I’ve got this special workout for Lonzo…’ No! Lonzo’s gotta lift that pig iron, that real iron, and he’s gotta run some hills. That’s stuff they don’t have him doing,” LaVar said. “Some of these guys try to act like they’re the best trainers in the world because they trained some people with some God-danged names. But me? I ain’t worried about the names. I want to see your production! You have all these players coming through. Well, why are they getting hurt?”
Ryan Ward: For the #Lakers season finale against the #Clippers tonight, Lonzo Ball (knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) have been ruled OUT. Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is questionable
Ohm Youngmisuk: On the likelihood that Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma will not play in the season finale tomorrow night, Luke Walton says their seasons are very likely over as the Lakers play it safe.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball (knee), Kyle Kuzma (ankle) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) are out tonight against Houston. Ingram will be re-evaluated tonight but even if cleared, he very well could sit out tomorrow's finale since it's a back-to-back.
Mike Bresnahan: Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) will not play tonight. Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are still out. Ingram being evaluated again tonight for concussion symptoms, though unlikely to play tomorrow in finale even if he’s declared to be free from concussion protocol.
Andy Larsen: Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are both questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz. Ingram still out. Brook Lopez probable.
Mike Trudell: Luke Walton said that Ingram and Ball are both out tonight, but whenever they’re cleared and ready to play, they’ll play. Said both are feeling better and neither is shut down for season. Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler will play for Minnesota, Thibs just confirmed.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (bruised knee) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) will not play tomorrow vs. Minnesota, according to the Lakers’ injury report.
Mike Trudell: Lonzo played some 3 on 3 yesterday and was a little sore. Could possibly play tomorrow if the playoffs were on the line, but may not go if there’s still some pain. Friday seems most likely, but we’ll see.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball played a little yesterday, and probably could play today but team obviously won’t rush it. “We’re gonna wait until he’s all the way healthy,” Walton said, “if that happens.”
Tania Ganguli: Brandon Ingram didn't travel with the Lakers to Utah and is out for tomorrow's game. Lonzo Ball did travel but is doubtful. Naturally, Alex Caruso is still with them.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball will not play tonight. It’ll be his second game missed with a left knee bruise.
Mike Trudell: Lakers are listing Lonzo Ball (knee contusion) as doubtful for tomorrow night’s game, while Brandon Ingram (concussion protocol) is out. The team didn’t practice today.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo’s left knee “feels better,” Walton said, but he will continue to get treatment on it. Lakers’ next game after tonight is Sunday vs. Sacramento.
Mike Trudell: The MRI on Lonzo Ball confirmed that it was a left knee contusion, and he’s day-to-day. Official listing is “questionable” for Milwaukee on Friday. Ball thought he was fine postgame and didn’t practice today prior to getting the MRI. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow morning.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball said he was feeling better while getting treatment this morning. This, though, was before Ball was scheduled to undergo an MRI. Walton met with the media around the time that Ball left for an MRI.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball will undergo an MRI tomorrow on his left knee contusion. Ball said he got kneed in the back of his knee on a back screen and said it's a bruise. He didn't seem concerned about it and says it is not in the same spot as the sprained MCL in his left knee that cost him 15 games earlier this season.
Ryan Ward: Lonzo Ball on if he’s concerned about the MRI: “I’m not. I think it is just a bruise on the back of the leg and I think it should be okay.” #Lakers
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says Lonzo will get an MRI tomorrow. He got kneed in the back of the leg. "The doc thinks he's going to be ok," Walton said.
Lonzo Ball is set to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup on Thursday against the Miami Heat, following a two-game stint on the bench after a 15-game absence on account of a sprained MCL in his left knee. In LaVar Ball’s mind, the blame for that setback, along with Zo’s previous six-game absence with a sprained shoulder, belongs at the feet of the Purple and Gold. His reasoning? That head coach Luke Walton’s penchant for playing him in shorter bursts and resting him in between, rather than having him play through, put the Crown Prince of Chino Hills in peril. “So now you got him going 100 miles an hour then stop, 100 miles an hour then stop,” the Big Baller explained during a recent appearance on Delfi TV in Lithuania. “So now you start getting injuries. So now, people like, ‘Man he’s injury prone.’ ‘Cause y’all injuring him.”
Mike Trudell: Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball’s knee responded well to his first game back. He just finished a workout and looked good. He’s out tonight as a precaution (back to back), but expect him to play at ATL on Monday. His minutes limit could be increased.
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.
Rookie Lonzo Ball says he will return from a sprained left MCL injury next Friday against Dallas in the Los Angeles Lakers' first game back from the All-Star break.
Ball, who will miss his 14th consecutive game on Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, said on Wednesday that he could play right now if this were the playoffs. Instead, he will use the extra week during the All-Star break to mitigate any lingering discomfort in the knee. Ball, who sustained his injury on Jan. 13, will not play in Friday's Rising Stars game. "I practiced yesterday, [and] it's at a point where I can play, but it still hurts a little bit," Ball said after the team's shootaround. "So they want to just get that out and take this week, and we are playing good right now, so no need to rush it."
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball said he expects to play in the first game after All-Star break against Dallas. Until then, a busy weekend in LA: pop-up shop in LA, mixtape release, autograph signings.
Mike Trudell: Walton said it’s not his decision about whether Lonzo Ball would play in the Rising Stars game on Friday, but since the Lakers are holding him out of the two prior games (Wednesday and Thursday night), safe to assume he won’t play on Friday.
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball won’t play until after the All-Star break. Luke Walton said he practiced today with some contact, and that he “looked good,” but since there was a “little bit of discomfort,” they’re going to hold him out this week.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball went through a limited practice today, a Lakers official said. They have another practice tomorrow and then games Wednesday and Thursday before All-Star break.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball did everything in practice except contact. Depending on how Ball feels tomorrow morning, the Lakers will see what he can do in practice tomorrow before the Lakers' upcoming back-to-back.
Mike Trudell: Lonzo Ball has progressed to doing drills at full speed and hasn’t had any set backs. Next step is to do drills with some contact from asst. coach Miles Simon. After that, practice w/rest of team.
Mike Trudell: Ball hasn’t been able to sprint or jump yet. He’s been frustrated as “This is the most games I’ve ever missed in my career.” With that said, it’s definitely been feeling better, and he thinks he “Should be back soon.”
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball is gradually ramping up his physical activity but isn’t jumping or sprinting yet. When he first felt pain in his left knee, “I didn’t know it was this serious,” he said Wednesday. He has been out more than three weeks.
Mike Bresnahan: Lonzo Ball (knee) isn’t certain he’ll play in the Rising Stars game a week from Friday. “If my body won’t let me, then I can’t do it,” he said Wednesday. All-Star weekend will be at Staples Center.
Luke Walton said that the Lakers will not push Lonzo Ball through pain during his workouts on his way back to playing. If the point guard feels pain in his sprained right MCL while doing something, the Lakers will go back to what he can do pain-free.
Tania Ganguli: Sounds like Lakers are not going to let Lonzo play until he’s virtually pain free. He’s been working to the point of pain and when he feels it, they have him do something else that doesn’t hurt. As I wrote yesterday, there’s a distinct possibility he’s out until post All Star.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball has yet to do the full-speed non-contact drills necessary to then participate in a practice. But Luke Walton said Ball got more "aggressive" on Monday with his work.
Bill Oram: Luke Walton was asked whether Lonzo Ball feels ready to ramp up his activity. “You’ve got to ask him,” Walton said. Beat writers would love the opportunity. Lonzo hasn’t spoken to media since Jan. 15, two days after suffering the injury when he was still listed as questionable.
Bill Oram: Lonzo Ball’s day today consisted of treatment w/ trainers, weight work and spot shooting. Basically, nothing new.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball will come in to the Lakers facility to continue rehab. Doesn’t sound like he’ll be doing that full-speed non-contact stuff Luke said he’d need to do before practicing. And of course, he’ll need to practice before playing so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out vs Suns.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Lonzo Ball may do some work on the court tomorrow with the team seeing how he feels after. Ball will have to go through some full-speed non-contact work first before he can practice. The Lakers' next scheduled practice after Monday will be on Wednesday.
Tania Ganguli: Luke Walton says there’s no indication right now that Lonzo Ball will practice tomorrow. Says that could change if he suddenly feels great tomorrow, but right now it’s looking like no.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball has started testing his knee laterally with the trainers, but not in a practice setting. The work that he did do didn’t make him feel worse, so that’s good. He’s making progress.
Tania Ganguli: Lonzo Ball has started testing his knee laterally with the trainers, but not in a practice setting. The work that he did do didn’t make him feel worse, so that’s good. He’s making progress.
Ball was hurt in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13 and has missed six straight games. He has yet to go through a full practice but has recently been shooting, doing some treadmill work and lifting. The sprain limits his lateral movement. Ball has said that he won't play until he can run. Head coach Luke Walton said Ball will have to go through a full practice before returning to play. The Lakers are currently on a five-game trip that ends in Oklahoma City next Sunday.
Tania Ganguli: A little more detail on Lonzo’s injury. It’s a minor MCL sprain, and those typically take 1-3 weeks. So he hasn’t had any new issues or setbacks. Isn’t testing it with lateral movement yet.
Mike Trudell: Walton said Lonzo Ball has been doing some shooting and dribbling drills on the court with the coaching staff, plus lifting and treadmill work, but still hasn’t practiced. Would not expect him to play in Toronto on Sunday.
July 27, 2021 | 2:28 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: Toronto had until 5PM ET. on Tuesday to make a decision on the $10,851,246 contract for 2021/22. The guaranteed date has now been pushed back to August 3. The guaranteed dates of Baynes, Boucher, Watson, Bembry and now Hood are after FA begins.
So while Cunningham may share traits with Magic and Bird, the view of him as a can’t-miss prospect is much easier to process because of current-day players like Jokic—and, in particular, Luka Doncic. In broad strokes, Cunningham and Doncic may well be geminis of a very specific playmaking archetype. It’s rare to see perimeter players leverage their size, strength, and stride to create space in the way that both players seem innately aware and capable of. “As prospects, I do think Cade has a pretty similar baseline in terms of the vision and the way he sees the court, the way he processes how everyone is moving,” Zaucha said.
One watches Cunningham expecting a beeline to the right decision; one watches Doncic expecting the seas to magically part, showing another way. But the stylistic difference may not have much effect on substance. “I wonder if there really is a gap in their creativity—the way they manipulate defenders, especially—or if it’s some sort of aesthetic bias at play,” Zaucha said. “Because Luka loves to make those creative decisions, and then sell it with a behind-the-back pass or some wild delivery that the defense doesn’t expect. Whereas I think Cade—from a decision-making perspective, I think Cade solves problems in creative ways, he just doesn’t always make them look creative.”
Who are some of the NBA guys that you like to watch to help improve your game? Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: Two players I really like to watch are Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo. Draymond is a two-way player but defensive-minded and gets everything going for the team. He is very much a facilitator and he is able to find guys but still be aggressive to get his shot or to attack the goal. He is the glue to the team that is really important. I enjoy watching Draymond a lot because he’s just elite at facilitating, defense and being able to guard one through five. Bam, offensively, he is able to score at all three levels. He is able to have mismatches in the post and he is quick on his feet. He is able to hit tough turnaround shots. I like how he gets a lot of play out of the mid-post. I got a lot of that at Villanova this past season. I’m able to watch him get a lot of plays out of the midrange area with jab jumpers and rips to the goal for a dunk. He’s a playmaker, too, and he’s able to stretch to the three.
What about your game do you think will translate best to the next level in the pros? Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: I take a lot of pride in defensive and rebounding. I feel like, at every level, those are two things that can get you on the court. Coach Wright had a triangle for success and at the bottom of the triangle was defense and the next one was rebounding. If you can’t defend or rebound for Coach Wright, you’re not going to be in a position to be on the court. I know that’s gotten me to where I am today. I take a lot of pride in it and I want to keep doing what got me to this position today and keep being myself. I’m in a position to be drafted. Now is not the time to start doing things that I don’t normally do. I just need to keep focusing on doing what I do really well and knowing that what’s gotten me here has gotten me here. I’m going to keep excelling at that to the fullest. My weaknesses, I’ll get better at those on a year-to-year basis. I want to just keep gradually getting better and better.
Junior Robinson might be the only player in the history of college basketball to actively reduce his height in college, only to get taller as a pro. But the notion of players and coaches fudging their proportions is nothing new. Indeed, the basic assumption is that everyone is lying. This is college basketball, after all. Everyone’s looking for any tiny edge. Why would this be any different? So when I explain this idea to some coaches — that I researched the last 11 seasons of NBA Draft Combine height measurements, compared that to the prospects’ college figures and put it all in one big spreadsheet to see where the data would take us — they chuckled knowingly. “This is a great idea,” one coach said, “if you want to see how full of shit coaches really are.”
“It’s not always the kid,” Xavier coach Travis Steele said. “You’ll get a mentor or a parent in there saying, ‘Our Jimmy Joe is 6-foot-5!’ And you’re like, no, he’s 6-foot-3.’ We’ll get hit by parents who are sure their kid is taller than that. And it’s like, no, he’s really not.” There are other gambits, too. “You get kids who are 17 and they’re 6-foot-3, and they say, ‘Oh, (the doctor says) I’m going to be 6-foot-6,’” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “You know, ‘My growth plates are wide open.’ When I first got into coaching 30 years ago, I believed those kids. None of them — OK, very rarely — do you get a David Robinson. It just doesn’t happen.”
Fred Hoiberg might have some, well, let’s call them unresolved issues with NBA Draft Combine measurements. “I got kind of screwed with mine,” he says. Here’s the story: At the 1995 combine, Hoiberg and his fellow hopefuls were separated into groups, rotating among four stations. One was for measurements. At Hoiberg’s station, there was a cord under the carpet. He noticed it and stood on it. “It was definitely to inflate my height,” he said, laughing. “I thought it was smart.” And it totally worked: Hoiberg measured 6 feet 5 3/4 without shoes. “I’m absolutely not that size,” he said. “This was a wise business decision.”