Lonzo Ball has been ruled out by the Los Angeles Lakers for Monday night’s NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship game with a mild calf strain, the team said.
The Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick had said he would receive treatment leading up to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers and was hopeful to play.
Ball suffered the injury Sunday night and left in the third quarter of the Lakers’ semifinal win. He did not return.
The Lakers will be playing their fifth game in six nights.
Lonzo Ball’s father said the Lakers rookie is wearing different brands of footwear during summer league play as a “statement to the brands,” adding that the No. 2 draft pick would be open to inking a shoe deal “if the price is right.”
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With Magic Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton watching, Ball was having his best shooting night of the summer league, draining 5 of 7 shots, including 2 of 3 3-pointers, for 16 points.
He dished out 10 assists, all by halftime, to go with four rebounds in an anticipated showdown with Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 21 points and six assists.
Ball has created a stir in Las Vegas with his choice of shoes for each game, from Big Baller Brand to Nike to Adidas to Under Armour. On Sunday, he wore a pair of Air Jordan XXXIs.
Information from ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk was used in this report.