Lonzo Ball nearing return amid latest LaVar Ball controversy

Lonzo Ball nearing return amid latest LaVar Ball controversy

The hopes the Los Angeles Lakers had of rookie guard Lonzo Ball getting back into the lineup have been delayed once again. "I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers", the father started amiably enough, as relayed by Donatas Urbonas, a basketball reporter in Lithuania.

The demands start off with Ball implying that the Lakers should take LiAngelo Ball this year or face the consequences.

While LaMelo was originally rated as a five-star prospect and the No. 7 player in the Class of 2019 by ESPN - before LaVar chose to homeschool the 15-year-old and have him play professionally in Lithuania - LiAngelo isn't viewed by scouts as a legitimate National Basketball Association prospect.

While the Lakers have yet to respond to LaVar's threats, they do expect Lonzo Ball to be cleared for action following the All-Star break. While there has yet to be an official determination on Ball's status for the Rising Stars game on Friday, coach Luke Walton assumed his starting point guard will sit that game out, too. "We're not going to play him tomorrow - with a back-to-back and a week off after that - the progress is great, but it just doesn't make sense to risk it right now".

"There was some [in practice today] which is the first time he has really done that", Walton added.


Walton assumes Ball will be out for the Rising Stars game.

"He's sill a little sore, but he's still making good progress", Walton said on Tuesday.

Los Angeles has been on a good trend, winning 12 of their last 17 games, and eight of 13 since Ball's injury - erasing their previous 0-7 mark without him from early in the season. I can't tell you if that is going to be the first game, or the second game or the third game (after the All-Star break). "Whenever his body is ready to get after it again".

When healthy, Ball is having a solid if unspectacular rookie season, averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game.

The latest injury is improving.

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