Ball won’t face Fox as Summer League loses marquee matchup

Lonzo Ball will have to wait for another shot at De’Aaron Fox. Their summer showdown Monday was canceled.

The Lakers rested their prized pick because of a groin injury, sitting him out of their NBA Summer League victory in Las Vegas over Sacramento and fellow rookie point guard Fox.

Fox dominated when Kentucky blew by UCLA in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 39 points to Ball’s 10. LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s outspoken father, would later say his son was playing with an injured hamstring.

If true, the No. 2 pick already knows there’s no use trying to stay with the faster Fox at less than 100 percent. The Lakers said Ball, who struggled in his first game but responded with a triple-double in his second, had a sore right groin.

The Lakers got their first victory of the summer without him, blowing a 28-point lead but recovering for a 95-92 victory. Fox scored 12 points but played just 20 minutes, watching the Kings’ comeback from the bench with his foot wrapped.

The matchup of California point guards was expected to headline an eight-game day that included a matchup between Golden State and Cleveland, who met in the last three NBA Finals. A look at the games:


Vander Blue led the Lakers (1-2) with 21 points. Alex Caruso,

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