Through the first two games of the Summer League, the Los Angeles Lakers have been plagued by the injury bug throughout their roster.
Lonzo Ball (groin), Kyle Kuzma (cramps) + Josh Hart (ankle) are all out tonight, & will be re-evaluated Wednesday (LAL are off Tuesday).
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 10, 2017
Lonzo Ball is coming off a strong bounce-back performance Saturday night where he recorded a triple-double. Meanwhile, Josh Hart had suffered a mildly sprained ankle in the contest and Kyle Kuzma had felt the effects of cramps following his 31-point performance against the Boston Celtics.
On top of that, Thomas Bryant is also probable for the game as he’s dealing with left knee soreness. Los Angeles had already declared Brandon Ingram out for the rest of the Summer League after he suffered a cramp in his right leg in the first game.
Once the Lakers officially ruled Ball out of the game, Kings rookie guard De’Aaron Fox took to Twitter to voice his disappointment from the news by taking a shot at the former UCLA product.
De'Aaron Fox's since-deleted tweet, presumably in reference to no rematch with Ball. pic.twitter.com/tnHVfOxAAw
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 10, 2017
There has been a brewing rivalry developing between the rookie point guards that go much further than on the court with both of their fathers going back and forth through the media. The absence of Ball from the game will only provide more substance to their personal competition heading into their respective rookie seasons.
That said, the Lakers’ trio of draft picks will be evaluated later this week and could return to action in the final two games of Summer League action.