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Lakers news: Luke Walton believes NBA veteran players will ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball on the court

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With the Los Angeles Lakers set to take the court for the first time in the 2017-18 season on Thursday night, it will mark the first official action for rookie Lonzo Ball

Since being selected with the second overall pick in this year’s draft, there has been a growing target on Ball’s back given the all hype and noise around him heading into his first campaign in the NBA. It is something that head coach Luke Walton addressed on Thursday morning by stating that he knows the increased attention that will come the 19-year-old’s way starting against the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Although Ball played in just two games in the preseason due to a mild right ankle sprain, it hasn’t tempered the high level of expectations around him regarding what he can bring to the team and how he will impact the franchise moving forward. Simply put, there is a tremendous level of hope surrounding him to lead the Lakers back to relevancy in the league. 

With that in mind, Ball is looking to approach the season opener against the Clippers with a singular approach of making the right plays when he’s on the court. 

Ball isn’t expected to be limited by his ankle on the court on Thursday night as he has gone through full practice over the last few days and won’t play with a minute restriction against the Clippers. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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