LaVar Ball is the real puppet master

In the Lakers' 86-81 loss to the hated Boston Celtics on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center, Ball posted 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting and 1-of-5 from 3-point range.

If you're just catching up: Lonzo was a star for one year at UCLA before being drafted second overall by the Lakers last month.

Let's be clear, it's NBA Summer League.

While his shooting wasn't great Saturday night he finished 5-of-13, including 1-of-5 on threes he, showed drastic improvement in his overall game.

Lakers fans must be thrilled to hear this.

Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson recently revealed that Ball admitted to him that his media antics are all created to bring his ball-playing sons - led by NBA No. 2 draft pick Lonzo - and his company, Big Baller Brand, publicity.

Ball got his chance for redemption Saturday night against the Boston Celtics before a sold out crowd, sparking conversations of a renewed rivalry. To make matters worse, Brice Johnson provided Ball with a defensive lowlight when he spun around him on his way to finishing off a powerful one-handed dunk. "You see other guys on the team already making the extra pass that they weren't making last night, and that's leadership".

The sheer variety of how Tatum scores remains his most impressive selling point in summer league.

Lakers third-year forward shared a tweet from former National Basketball Association guard Baron Davis that chastised anyone for overreacting to Ball's play. When Ball's man dribbled toward the middle of the court, usually from the right wing, it made for an easy escape from Ball trapping, resulting in a few easy baskets. He wasn't shy about getting his buckets, hitting 12 of his 26 shots while still finding the energy to track down nine rebounds.

Not far away is Lonzo's next test.

But Lonzo's problems weren't only on the offensive end.

Kuzma's combine performance opened eyes around the league, and he built on it with strong individual workouts that pushed him into the first round. "Look at all these Laker fans out here, he changed the culture".

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