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Lakers’ Luke Walton Told Lonzo Ball That He’d Be ‘one of the best point guards’ In The League

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had some very high praise for Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and his future in the league.

In fact, Walton believes that Ball will develop into one of the best, if not the best guard in the league.

 “Well he’s been shooting the lights out at practice the last week or so, and I told him before the game,” Walton said when asked about Ball.
“I said, ‘Zo, you’re going to be one of the best point guards in this league, you are. Embrace this challenge if you’re open and it’s in rhythm.’ I thought most of them tonight were in rhythm.

“One maybe two where he kind off…they went under…he hadn’t dribbled, and he just shot it. Those are ones we don’t want, but any other three, if it’s in rhythm and he’s got a bounce to it, let it fly. I think when he saw that one go in, it built some confidence.

Those are shots we want him taking; we need him taking. It was nice to see, obviously, multiple threes go in for him in the game, but he’s been shooting like that and putting the work in after practice, so it didn’t surprise me. I was just happy for him.”

Ball has certainly had an up-and-down rookie season but the Lakers, along with Walton, believe that the sky is the limit for him.

Ball is averaging 9.0 points, 7.2 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game so far this season.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will miss the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors due to a rib injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.

Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.

Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.

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Lakers’ Frank Vogel Says Team Has Not Ruled Out DeMarcus Cousins Return

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When it comes to big man DeMarcus Cousins, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to close the book on him playing during the 2019-2020 season.

Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.

Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is going on the defensive when addressing long-standing labels of him being a bad teammate, and a locker room cancer.

Howard, who inked a deal to return for a second stint with the Lakers, recently appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” to talk about narrative.

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