The Los Angeles Lakers’ Las Vegas Summer League experience took another major hit Monday. Lonzo Ball will not play against the Sacramento Kings, officially ruled out by the Lakers with a sore groin, the team announced hours before a highly anticipated matchup against De’Aaron Fox.
The injury is not considered serious, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. Ball apparently suffered the injury last week, but the back-to-back may have caused enough discomfort to force the Lakers’ hand in resting the No. 2 pick.
This comes at a tough time for the Lakers, who have yet to find the win column in Las Vegas. Josh Hart was ruled out of the Monday matchup with an ankle injury, Kyle Kuzma is out after cramping up on Saturday and Brandon Ingram was shut down after one game.
Ball being out is a minor setback, or at least that’s the hope as the Lakers try to avoid aggravating the injury any further.
Ball, Kuzma and Hart all worked with the team at their hotel earlier in the day Monday, according the Lakers’ official report, so that’s another positive sign pointing to these injuries being minor.