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Sport Fans have a Ball at Summer League as hope returns to Lakers

08:15  16 july  2017
08:15  16 july  2017 Source:   latimes.com

For new Lakers duo Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, summer league a preview of future

  For new Lakers duo Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, summer league a preview of future It's only the NBA summer league, but rising Lakers stars Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram take the court together for the first time Friday.Sure, it's only an NBA Summer League game, something only die-hard fans care much about, but when the Lakers' team face the Clippers, all eyes will be on rookie Lonzo Ball.

The Lakers are hoping the positive momentum they are building here carries over into the fall. They jammed the arena daily, chanting not just for Ball , but other standout summer league Lakers . Column.

The Lakers Summer League team has won five games in a row and tomorrow they’ll play for the Summer League championship. Lakers fans are having a ball as hope returns to L.A. By Tania Ganguli.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against T.J. Williams #32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.© Ethan Miller/Getty Images LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against T.J. Williams #32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. LAS VEGAS — Mark Appelbaum sat courtside for most of the afternoon on Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center wearing a maroon Lower Merion High School jersey with the name "Bryant" on the back as he watched the intersection of two of his favorite sports entities.

He is 51 years old, a Chino Hills, Calif., resident and went to every single one of Lonzo Ball's high school games. He didn't want to miss the start of Ball's NBA career. He's also been a Los Angeles Lakers fan since the days when Magic Johnson was playing instead of constructing the Lakers' roster as their president of basketball operations.

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Lakers rookie misses 13 of 15 shots in lackluster Summer League debut. What is not up for debate is the Lakers ’ return to must-see status with the pass-first point guard on the trigger and his carnival “The Lakers fans are coming and my boy is gonna bring ‘em out,” LaVar Ball crowed at halftime.

"Very excited," Appelbaum said when asked how he felt when his favorite team drafted Ball, who is also from Chino Hills. "LaVar said it was gonna happen. I was hoping."

The Lakers were the late game on Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center, the fourth of a series of contests spaced two hours apart starting at 1 p.m. As each game passed, the crowd filled in just a little bit more until, for the day's finale, the lower bowl was completely packed. As with any game the Lakers played, the fans leaned significantly purple and gold.

This year's Summer League Lakers is exciting a fanbase looking for some positivity after four years of lacking it. On Saturday they beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-106 in the Summer League quarterfinals. Vander Blue scored a game-high 27 points. The Lakers are hoping the positive momentum they are building here carries over into the fall.

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Lonzo Ball started summer league with an alley-oop -- then a rough shooting night. The way Ball delivered some of those assists had Lakers fans in the stands and even Magic standing up and The Lakers hope their prized point guard will spread the ball around to the likes of Ingram, Julius Randle

"There's definitely tons of excitement and renewed energy around this year's draft, around Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka and the leadership and the vision they've cast with the basketball team," said Joey Buss, Lakers co-owner, alternate governor and vice president of research and development. "I think that positive momentum is carrying over into summer league and that'll carry over into preseason, training camp and the start of the regular season later this fall."

Last weekend, Lakers fans helped cause the first sellout ever at Las Vegas Summer League, with 17,500 people buying tickets for July 8, the day the Lakers played the Boston Celtics. The arena filled slowly throughout the day, but was packed by Lakers tipoff. They jammed the arena daily, chanting not just for Ball, but other standout summer league Lakers.

They were so boisterous that during a halftime baby race, an announcer asked the crowd to please not boo a baby wearing a Celtics jersey.

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In the first two days of the NBA’s popular Las Vegas Summer League , fans packed Thomas & Mack Center. Vegas’ proximity to Los Angeles and the hope , hype and Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) dunks the ball during an NBA Summer League playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks.

And with Ball calling the shots at point guard, the Lakers look like the most exciting young team to watch heading into the 2017-18 season. It may have been Ball who won Summer League MVP honors and endeared himself to fans nationwide with his selfless brand of leadership, but if anything’s

"We have the best fans in the world, we're close to L.A. here and the Laker fans have really showed up to support the team," Buss said. "To support Ball and support the other draft picks as well."

Outside of Ball, they've seen strong performances from second-round pick Thomas Bryant, from forward Kyle Kuzma, who scored 26 points Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets, and from Alex Caruso, whose performance earned him a two-way contract to play for the Lakers and their development-league team, the South Bay Lakers.

"The Lakers, when they were bringing their teams there was a ton of excitement anyhow," said Warren LeGarie, an agent who helped create Las Vegas Summer League.

"The fact that they're bringing high-profile players certainly added a bigger buzz. And the other thing the Lakers knew they had to do was also promote their new additions. Create some optimism. Some hope. These guys were the lifeline to that hope. I think they realize this is really good forum for them."

Ball's emergence in Summer League has excited the Lakers' coaching staff and those watching from courtside seats, including Lakers head coach Luke Walton and assistant Jesse Mermuys.

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No one is putting Summer League MVP on a serious list of Ball ’s accomplishments when he someday hangs up the hightops, but for a Lakers team begging for a superstar, it’s a real sign of hope for the future.

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It's also excited fans. One wore a purple tie-dye shirt with the Lakers logo on it but the word "Lonzo" where the word "Lakers" normally is. Some fans wore his UCLA jersey. Others had his Lakers jersey on.

The Lakers' second overall pick had two triple doubles in Summer League , and heading into Saturday's game, he led Summer League in steals and assists.

There are no guarantees of how that will translate to the regular season, but the start has offered some hope.

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