LAS VEGAS — Usually, by Monday night of Summer League, the crowds of fans have started to thin out a little, the people who came to town to see a top pick headed home after the weekend.
Not this Monday, the Thomas & Mack arena is filling up to the top levels because the Lakers are playing…
But not with Lonzo Ball. The No. 2 pick and biggest draw at Summer League suffered a mild groin strain and will not play Monday, the team announced earlier in the day.
Which will disappoint some fans who wanted to see him renew his college rivalry with the Kings’ De'Aaron Fox. Maybe including Fox, although he was smart enough to pull his tweet back (as if you can actually do that).
Ball’s injury is nothing major, he got in a workout according to Mike Trudell, but the Lakers are being cautious. Which a lot of teams are with high picks at Summer League.
It’s that point in Summer League, expect a lot of teams to pull star players and not risk injury.