Lonzo Ball may have picked the perfect time to find a breakout performance up his sleeve, dropping 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in front of LeBron James as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas.
James decided to get a peek at some of the up-and-coming talent in the league, taking the time to see Lonzo play in person during his first run through summer league.
The insane crowds that flooded the arena have died down, but it was still a solid audience for a middle-of-the-week summer league game.
We here at Silver Screen and Roll have a fairly good idea what was on his mind while he watched Lonzo fill up the stat sheet, with some phenomenal passing and big-time shots down the stretch:
Ball was asked if he was aware LeBron was in attendance following the game, and Lonzo didn’t notice James was scouting things out from under the basket until halftime. Did seeing the three-time NBA champion soaking in summer league “inspire” Ball to elevate his game, as one reporter asked?
"No, but I hope he saw a good game,” Ball said in response.
A one-possession game through the final minutes of the fourth quarter, while Lonzo played up to the kind of potential he has, likely made for a pretty good game of hoops for James to enjoy.