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Lakers news: Lonzo Ball puts up strong debut, says knee is ‘100 percent’

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Ball looked strong in his return to the court on Wednesday night against the Warriors that saw no limitations and much reason for optimism.

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Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball made his return to the court on Wednesday for his preseason debut against the Golden State Warriors. 

Ball showed much promise in his limited action on the floor recording seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor with four steals, four rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers in 23 minutes played. It was an outing that didn’t exactly begin the way he wanted as he airballed his first attempt on a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. 

However, he found his rhythm as he got more playing under his belt as he had a solid connection in transition with LeBron James on an alley-oop dunk that showed he had plenty of lift in his left leg. He had also shown his improved strength on a drive to the basket that saw him make a layup by powering through contact from Klay Thompson with his left shoulder and finishing with his right hand. 

Following the game, Ball voiced that he had gotten a bit winded early on in the first quarter but he got his feet under him the further he got along on the floor. On that same note, he made it clear that his surgically-repaired knee is now 100 percent with his entire focus now on getting his conditioning right. 

It was an encouraging outing for Ball that saw no limitations from him physically aside from him getting used to being on the floor once again. This was his first time playing in a game since March 28 of last season, which means there is plenty of rust for him to knock off in the process. 

He had indicated on Tuesday that had he performed well without any issues, he would be in line to play once again in the preseason finale on Friday night once again against the Warriors. All of that will hinge on how he is feeling in the days leading up to that. Beyond that, it was simply a solid return for Ball that he hopes to build on moving forward as he eases himself back into the fold.

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. 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, @BGarciaivsports.
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