Lakers sit Lonzo Ball on Monday against Sacramento, citing groin injury
By Mark Medina
LAS VEGAS – In a matter of days, the Lakers’ summer league roster morphed from one with legitimate star power into one of mostly unproven players eager to land a training camp invitation.
After drawing most of the attention last weekend for his shooting struggles, his timely passing and his outspoken father, Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball missed Monday’s game against Sacramento at Thomas & Mack Center because of a sore right groin. To lesser fanfare, the Lakers also sat their two other first-round draft picks – forward Kyle Kuzma (cramps) and shooting guard Josh Hart (sprained right ankle).
“Their safety and health is the most important thing,” said Lakers assistant coach Jud Buechler, who is coaching the summer league team but deferred to the team’s training staff. “They’ve decided guys are a little banged up and so we played it very cautiously.”
Before the Lakers practiced last week, Buechler said Ball “got a little dinged up and got some tightness.” The injury worsened when Ball played on Friday against the Clippers and Saturday against the Celtics. Nonetheless, the Lakers do not consider the injury serious.
The Lakers have not formally shut down Ball for the remainder of summer league play. The Lakers have at least two more games and a possible postseason appearance if they win at least one game. But it would not be surprising if the Lakers rule out Ball for precautionary reasons. The Lakers shut down second-year forward Brandon Ingram for summer league play after he suffered a cramp in his right leg late in the opener Friday against the Clippers.
Ball’s absence eliminated the hope for any rematch between the Lakers’ No. 2 pick and De’Aaron Fox, the No. 5 pick from Kentucky who scored 39 points against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. Fox, a player the Lakers worked out […]