Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

With Lonzo set to return, Lakers look for growth in second half

The Lakers are coming back from the All-Star break having lost their last three games. I could feel [the MCL] but the doc says I can get no worse.

While Kuzma, a native of Flint, Mich., did not speak to reporters Friday morning, Ball said he was unfazed by the alleged payments surfacing.

The Kings have not said whether they will have rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox back after he missed Thursday's contest with pink eye.

Would it really change the game all that much if players are already allegedly getting paid?

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Documents and bank records cited by Yahoo Sports showed Kuzma and several other current National Basketball Association players were given cash advances and had entertainment and travel expenses paid by former National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller, former associate Christian Dawkins, and the ASM Sports agency. It was the 10th time in his last 12 games played that Ball has buried two or more 3-pointers in a game.

When asked if he received money from agent in college, Ball said that he did not, and that his family was focused on "going there and getting out" of UCLA. "Now he's just living life". Instead, Ball is the more traditional pass-first guard that can also rebound the basketball.

This was also the first time the home crowd got to see Thomas in a Lakers uniform after the guard played his first three Lakers games on the road following his trade from Cleveland.

And if Thomas finds a way to do what he hopes to - rebuild his value back to that of the player who averaged almost 29 points per game a season ago and earn a lucrative long-term deal that likely would come from another team - without disrupting the Lakers' growth, the remainder of this season will qualify as a success for a team that is just three wins shy of matching its total from a year ago. Coach Luke Walton agreed college players should be compensated.

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