Varsity Blue: Fighting for place in NBA, Lakers guard Vander Blue returns to alma mater
By Bill Oram
MILWAUKEE — As the holder of a two-way contract that buys him just 45 days with the Lakers this season, it’s not often that Vander Blue gets to feel like a big shot on a team with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.
That changed for part of Friday afternoon, when Coach Luke Walton announced upon landing in Milwaukee an impromptu practice at Marquette University. Blue played for the Golden Eagles from 2010-13.
“Finally got a little attention,” Blue said, smiling, “but it’s cool. Everybody’s been pretty cool about it.”
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Ball played the final minutes of the Lakers loss in Washington on Thursday, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting. The next day, back on his old stomping grounds, he prepared to be teased.
“They think I could have had a few more pictures up at Marquette,” he said.
He joked that he’s “got some work to do” to catch up to some of Marquette’s more famous alums. Notably, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.
When he’s not with the Lakers, Blue will play with the team’s South Bay affiliate. Playing in the NBA full-time remains the goal, but he’s enjoying it while he’s in the top league.
“Go from commercial (flights) to (private jets) it’s a big difference,” he said. “It’s what you work for. Gives me a good taste of where I want to be permanently. I just got to keep working.”
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