Without Big Baller Brand shoes, Lonzo Ball puts on show in win

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LAS VEGAS — Wearing Nikes and not Big Baller Brand shoes, Lonzo Ball had his best game of the Las Vegas Summer League with LeBron James watching on Wednesday.

With James stopping by to catch a glimpse of the No. 2 overall pick, Ball exploded for 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 103-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Thomas Mack Center.

“He can really pass it,” James told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman before leaving the game with six minutes remaining.

While Ball said it was nice to see James, the Lakers’ rookie said his best performance to date as a pro wasn’t inspired by the fact that his favorite player to watch was sitting courtside.

The Kobe Bryant shoes, though, might have helped put Ball into an aggressive offensive mindset.

“Um, you know, Mamba mentality,” Ball said when asked why he wore Nike. “Thought I’d switch it up.”

Ball added: “Like I said, you can wear whatever you want when

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19978199/los-angeles-lakers-lonzo-ball-stellar-summer-league-game-wearing-nikes-not-big-baller-brand-shoes

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