Lonzo Ball draws high praise from Jason Kidd after triple-double
With the immense amount of hype that surrounds Los Angeles Lakers rising star point guard Lonzo Ball, he was able to put together a terrific record-breaking performance against the Milwaukee Bucks last night.
At just 20 years and 15 days old, Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he broke Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James’ mark of 20 years, 20 days old back in 2005.
The second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft finished with a really impressive stat line across the board with 19 points, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds, a career-high-tying four blocked shots and three steals.
However, Ball said the triple-double didn’t really mean anything to him since the Lakers dropped their third straight game with a 98-90 loss on Saturday night to the Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“I really don’t care,” Ball said after the game. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”
“He’s a very talented player,” Kidd said of Ball during his postgame press conference. “I thought again he got off to a great start shooting the ball and then his strengths of finding his teammates and being able to rebound the ball, make the game easier for his teammates. He did that at a very high level tonight.”
Kidd also added that he wouldn’t be surprised if it was a big headline in the media if Ball’s first triple-double came in front of him.
“I guess that’s going to be the headline that he got a triple-double and I got to see it in the front row,” Kidd said. “But Ball can play. He’s going to make his teammates better and make his team better. A triple-double is going to be a norm for him and he’s going to fill out the stat sheets, but we’ve just got to give him time. We’re trying to put him in a microwave and speed him up. He’s going to make mistakes and he’s going to have bad nights, but he competes and he’s going to find a way to win.”
The sky seems to be the limit for Ball and if Kidd is right, NBA fans should expect to see more triple-doubles for the 20-year-old rookie point guard in the future.