Lonzo Ball becomes second Laker to be shut down for season

Posted March 14, 2019

And the Real Lakers of Los Angeles have proven once again they're one of the best reality shows in the world by bringing back a fan favorite. He was playing well, he was doing more of that.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton indicated on Friday that Ball wouldn't likely return this season, telling media that he was "not close" to practicing.

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"I loved his attitude", Walton said.

With the Lakers' season fading as they fall further out of playoff contention, the organization will play it safe with its young prospects.

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There weren't too many positive moments for the Lakers last year, but Ingram's call-up from the G League as a 32-year-old rookie was one of the best moments of the 2018 National Basketball Association season, especially when he dropped 19 points in his debut.

The Lakers are being extremely cautious when it comes to their players and injuries. With a final stretch of games featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, and Portland Trail Blazers the Lakers still need to pick up wins against their playoff-caliber opponents in order to find themselves having a realistic shot at still making the playoffs. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus and not be able to use the offseason to work on his game. Before the game, Walton was asked what would've been his reaction if he was told they would have the same record (30-36) as they did after 66 games last season.

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James didn't stop there, hitting a 3-pointer over 7-footer Robin Lopez and capping it off when Josh Hart passed the ball off the backboard to James, who finished with a reverse dunk to put the Lakers up 115-101 with 5 minutes remaining. In 35 games this year, his 11th season in the G League, Ingram is averaging 8.6 points per game. Obviously at the end of the day, I got to make sure I don't make the damage worse. As with Ball, it's unclear if he'll be back in a Lakers uniform next season, and Magic Johnson is expected to make some big changes to the Lakers lineup this summer.