Lakers video: Lonzo Ball rules over Fortnite at 3 a.m.
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Video: Lonzo Ball rules over Fortnite at 3 a.m.

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For the uninitiated, Fortnite, a Battle Royale-inspired sandbox game from Epic Games, is a huge deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Guard Josh Hart is the biggest fan, as he’s been known to have played it for 10 straight hours before a game against Cleveland. We’re talking about practice, right? Look, he even broke out the bandages at one game.

But that arguably pales in comparison to the 23 year-old having a pair of Fortnite-inspired custom game shoes made. Whether he’s allowed to wear them in-game though, is another story — for what it’s worth, he did score 10 points in that game despite sporting them only during shoot-around.

Former teammate Larry Nance Jr. is known to be part of the circle (and continues to be one despite being traded to a different conference) as well as standout rookie Kyle Kuzma. The latter’s participation even lead to a viral video that could have gotten the team in trouble again for tampering — and yes, it involves the Thunder’s Paul George again (a player that’s constantly bombarded with rumors that he’s L.A.-bound as soon as free agency starts) — albeit in a poorly veiled attempt in being subtle.

But the most recent crazy Fortnite story involves the team’s “point guard of the future” Lonzo Ball. The second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, posted a video of his triumphant game in the wee hours of the morning (3 a.m. to be precise) and was so excited of his accomplishment, he couldn’t help but wake up his pregnant girlfriend to tell her all about it, saying he “feels like a champ”.