Prior to those remarks, Ball indicated that he didn't immediately notice James was in attendance at the game, but was apparently struck by the size of the future Hall of Famer. Maybe he should stick with the "Mamba Mentality" until he can establish what kind of winning tradition the Big Baller Brand actually represents in the National Basketball Association.
The Lakers' second overall pick had two triple doubles in summer league, and heading into Saturday's game, he led summer league in steals and assists. The Big Baller Brand Twitter page still posted a picture of Lonzo in action, wearing the Nikes rather than the $495 BBB shoes.
Ball didn't wear the ZO2 at his first pre-draft workout with the Lakers, either.
This is also after Elena Della Donne - one of the best WNBA players in the world and a signature Nike athlete - made a joke about seeing the ZOs2 fall apart in the middle of Ball's summer league debut.
"While some have questioned whether Rondo is the best fit for such a role, numerous young players on Rondo's previous team, the Chicago Bulls, praised his leadership".
Nice, subtle caption there by LeBron as well.More news: Woman's body found in buck's party hotel room
Ball was having an up-and-down start to his pro career in Las Vegas. Lonzo takes a lot of off-balanced shot, and sometimes tends to rush shots prior to getting fully squared up, hence his poor three-point field goal percentage 4 games in.
Ball looked fine Wednesday while playing against a Philadelphia team playing without Markelle Fultz, the player drafted before Ball who is sitting out with an ankle injury. The 76ers are slated as the 18-seed, while LA is the 15-seed. Dallas couldn't seem to establish any rhythm as the game began. 9-24 seeds. The top eight seeds earned byes into the second round Thursday. He'll have big performances in them on a higher stage. The Lakers are 1-2 going into tonight's game, with the Sixers in a similar situation, also at 1-2. The young point guard broke the UCLA assist record during his college stint, he averaged 7.7 assists per game.
Especially LeBron James, who was sitting courtside in Vegas. Center Ivica Zubac showed flashes of excellence at 19 years old in his rookie season. Matt Thomas added his touch with another 3 pointer and the rest was history.
John Collins had 25 points and nine rebounds for ninth-seeded Atlanta (2-2).
His 10 point first half on a ideal 4-4 from the field was done with "The King" LeBron James watching in the front row. Isaiah Whitehead, Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin round out the cast of summer Nets who played last season in the big leagues. He scored 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
Fred VanVleet scored 31 points in 30 minutes for the Raptors and Jordan Loyd added 17.