It would be an understatement to say Lonzo Ball has a lot of off-the-court distractions to deal with. He can’t even get a hair cut without media members asking him about it. The latest distraction and trending story is Donald Trump calling out his Dad on Twitter, saying he should have left LiAngelo in jail (he was never in jail). The President declaring war on his father didn’t seem to bother the Lakers’ rookie much. That night, Ball recorded his second career triple-double (11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists) and led the Lakers to a convincing 127-109 victory over the Nuggets.
The triple-double was the first on his home floor, second in five games and tied him with LeBron James as the youngest player in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles; Both were exactly 20 years and 23 days old. If you hate random stats like these, you might want to exit now. If you love random stats, then enjoy a few bullets to make you feel better about young Lonzo’s young career so far.
- Ball is the 3rd Laker to ever record multiple triple-doubles in his rookie season. Magic Johnson (7) and Jerry West also have the honor.
- Ball is the 6th player to record multiple triple-doubles within his first 20 games. This list includes fellow rookie Ben Simmons.
- Ball’s 16 boards are the second most by a rookie guard in 17 years. Steve Francis had 25 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists against the Warriors back in 2000. For the MJ fanatics, Michael Jordan 49 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists during his rookie campaign.
Meanwhile, over in Golden State land, Steve Kerr is hoping we all stop talking about LaVar Ball and Donald Trump.