On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Blazers 110-98, without Lonzo Ball, and won their first Summer League Championship. The star of the game and Championship MVP winner was Kyle Kuzma, who put up 30 points on 11 for 16 shooting to go with 10 boards.
“Easy 30 ball; nothing new for him,” Said Lonzo Ball, who was awarded the Summer League MVP award. “He already had one, got another one, so he just did what Kyle does out there, plays hard. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, every night he goes out and just gives it his all and it always works for him.”
Ball averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and about 1,000 more headlines than any other NBA player has ever generated during the league nobody ever cared about in the past. He also had the two triple-doubles while showing off his sneaker collection.
Magic Johnson was classic Magic as he proclaimed “the Lakers are back” during the on-court trophy presentation; If you ever watched him during NBA dunk contests in the past, you might remember him yelling, “the dunk contest is back” every single year. He was wrong most of those years but as a Lakers fan and someone who has been on the Lonzo train since he won MVP of our Ballislife All-American Game, I hope Magic is right.