Luke Walton doesn’t expect Lonzo Ball (knee) to return to action in near future
Lonzo Ball’s return remains uncertain as Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton doesn’t expect his rookie point guard to return to action in the near future.
Ball, who missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with a sore left knee, likely will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics. Ball — who watched the Lakers beat the Knicks, 127-107 — has yet to practice. While he will travel with the team, the point guard’s status for the Lakers’ upcoming five-game, 11-day road trip remains uncertain, according to Walton.
Ball and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles’ tendon strain) were ruled out against the Knicks. The Lakers did get some good injury news with Brandon Ingram made available to play against the Knicks after missing two of the past three games with a troublesome ankle injury.
Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 assists, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the Lakers this season.
For several players, MLK Day also served as an unveil date for larger Black History Month collections for February. Eric Bledsoe’s Nike Zoom Soldier 11 featured color hits from the pan-African flag, along with a gold foil stamp with the date Nov. 4, 2008 — the date Barack Obama was first elected president. Karl-Anthony Towns continued his streak of wearing hand-painted shoes from artist Kickstradomis, with a detailed I Have A Dream-themed pair of his size 20 Hyperdunks.
In addition to the many themed sneakers seen last week, Oklahoma City Thunder wing and featured Nike athlete Paul George unveiled his newest shoe, the PG2, over the weekend. His second signature sneaker with the brand, the debut colorway is inspired by his love for video games, with an official PlayStation collaboration that features light-up tongue logos and game-controller accents throughout.