August 17

Lonzo Ball and Rondo to sit Thursday night for Lakers; Ingram to play point guard

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“As much as we all want him back and as close as he is, it’s just us being safe,” he said. “We know how valuable he’s going to be to us this year so we’re probably being those hovering parents but we want to make sure that he is 100 percent ready go to and he’s gotten enough reps, he’s gotten all that rust off as far as his body and things like that.” EL SEGUNDO — Introducing Los Angeles’ new starting point guard: Brandon Ingram.That’s the strategy the Lakers will take in Thursday night’s preseason game with the Sacramento Kings, with Lonzo Ball missing his third straight contest and Rajon Rondo held out for rest.It’s not an unusual role for Ingram, who started 10 games as the team’s point guard last season. The 6-foot-9 forward has the handles to capably run the offense, and the ball will also likely spend a lot of time in LeBron James’ hands.In short, the Lakers aren’t concerned. Walton said he learned Thursday morning that Ball wouldn’t be able to play, and he and the Lakers continue to be patient for him to return to game action for the first time since March. Related Articles The Lakers will be host a Pride Night promotion for the game, which will include an appearance from former NBA player Jason Collins. As for Rondo, Walton joked he told him “he’s getting old.” It’s a standard rest game for the 12-year veteran. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Kyle Kuzma will get into the starting lineup at power forward alongside JaVale McGee and James, while Josh Hart will start again at shooting guard. The point guard duties will be divvied out for Ingram in the first unit and Lance Stephenson and Alex Caruso in the second and third units.“Lance is really good with the ball in his hands, so we’re obviously asking him to play a style where if you don’t have your shot, move it on,” Walton said. “But we also know what his strengths are from what he’s done in his career and we want to give him more opportunities where the ball is in his hands and he’s able to run some pick-and-rolls as well to help give him what he does really well more opportunities of it.”James said he expected to play only in the first half for a third straight game, his second at Staples Center. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img


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