Los Angeles Lakers Basketball Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Lonzo Balls focus in tight game reminds Lakers coach of Kobe Bryant

Lonzo Balls focus in tight game reminds Lakers coach of Kobe Bryant
Published On: Mon, Oct 23
Feb 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Western Conference forward Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (right) kisses his wife Vanessa Bryant before the NBA All Star Game at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

A game was on the line, and for the first time in Lonzo Balls professional career, he put the Lakers on his shoulders. In the span of 86 seconds Ball scored three times on drives to the rim, each move punctuated with a left-handed finish. The third such basket, gave the Lakers an eight-point lead with 1:35 remaining in an eventual 132-130 victory.

The Suns called timeout, and when Ball came to the bench his coach, Luke Walton, recognized a focus in Ball he had seen many times before.

Im not calling him Kobe, Walton said, but Kobe was the same way. As a teammate, I knew not even to touch Kobe in those moments because Kobe was locked in on what hes doing. In those moments, the players who dont let the pressure get to them, they stay calm.

Ball has often been compared to Jason Kidd (by everyone) and Magic Johnson (by Johnson), but Friday marked the first time Walton invoked the name of Kobe Bryant, his Lakers teammate from 2003-12.

Read the complete news article here...

More Featured News

LeBron James Wished Lonzo Ball Happy Birthday, and OMG, He's Signing With the Lakers, Isnt He?
Published On: Sat, Oct 28
Does LeBron James want everyone to think hes signing with the Lakers next summer? There are already plenty of people who think hes going to head west when he becomes a free agent in July 2018, incl...
What will Lakers do if LaVar goes off on Walton?
Published On: Sat, Oct 28
Its mid-November and the Lakers have hit a tough stretch. The losses are piling up. Lonzo Ball is struggling to make shots, cant keep up on the defensive end against quicker point guards and ...
Luke Walton not concerned with Lonzo Balls shooting woes
Published On: Sat, Oct 28
Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has already made it known that hes a great passer and sees the floor extremely well for a rookie, but hes struggled to knock down shots through five games of play.The knock ...
Luke Walton benches Lakers starters 'as a teaching lesson' in loss
Published On: Sat, Oct 28
Lonzo Ball's day started with LeBron James wishing him a happy birthday, and it ended with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton benching him and the rest of the team's starters for the first time t...
Kobe Bryant Wants Phil Jackson or Michael Jordan to Present Him at Hall of Fame
Published On: Fri, Oct 27
Kobe Bryant is still four years away from being eligible to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but the Los Angeles Lakers legend already knows who he wants to present h...
David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list
Published On: Wed, Oct 25
Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances.In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked wit...
Luke Walton says it would be silly for Lakers to alter Lonzo Balls shot
Published On: Wed, Oct 25
Luke Walton has a message for anyone who thinks Lonzo Ball needs to abandon his unorthodox shooting form.Id tell them to go study Reggie Millers career, he said. It doesnt look great. It can be an ...
Lakers exercise team options on Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr.
Published On: Tue, Oct 24
With the 2017-18 NBA season underway, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently 1-2 after facing the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, and New Orleans Pelicans. As they prepare for the Washington Wiza...
Luol Deng will not be part of the Lakers rotation
Published On: Tue, Oct 24
After playing 13 minutes in the first game of the regular season, forward Luol Deng, 32, has received two consecutive DNP-CD's (Did Not Play -- Coaches Decision) and that will continue, according t...
Lakers G League Team Hires Metta World Peace As Assistant Coach
Published On: Tue, Oct 24
The South Bay Lakers have hired Metta World Peace as an assistant coach, according to the teams website. World Peace had recently expressed an interest in coaching, and this opportunity lands him i...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts

Name Pos
Kobe Bryant SF
Metta World Peace SF
Brandon Bass PF
Roy Hibbert C
Nick Young SF
Julius Randle PF
Louis Williams SG
Tarik Black C
Ryan Kelly PF
Robert Sacre C
See All Players