I know it is just the summer, but tonight’s game is expected to be a sellout for the Kings vs. Lakers in Las Vegas NBA Summer League.
Of course, as everyone knows, it is more about the anticipated 3rd matchup between point guards De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball.
De’Aaron Fox sounds like he is anticipating tonight’s matchup with the Lakers and Lonzo Ball.
But he doesn’t forget much, either. Nor is he unaware that the Lakers-Boston Celtics matchup attracted a sellout crowd Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center, that another large crowd is expected for Monday’s Kings-Lakers meeting, that the excitement in his adopted hometown is prompting Kings management to host a free-of-charge watch party inside Golden 1 Center. (As of Sunday, most of the lower bowl has been filled. Additional tickets will be made available if warranted).
“I know everybody is pretty into it,” the Kentucky standout said. “It’s pretty cool. It’s all over ESPN. For me, though, I’m just trying to concentrate on playing well and learning.”
Seated in a lounge in the team hotel Saturday afternoon, surrounded by women sipping tea and eating delicacies in a formal European setting, Fox leans back on the couch and reveals more than a passing interest in Ball. He checks his cell phone repeatedly; he is awaiting a ride to the Lakers-Celtics tipoff at UNLV. Their tepid protests notwithstanding, each clearly has an eye on the other.
Fox, a slight 6-foot-3 speedster who grew up outside Houston, met the lanky 6-foot-6 Ball at an AAU camp in the summer following their sophomore year of high school. They were reacquainted at a Kentucky-UCLA regular-season game last December and again during the NCAA Tournament in March.
Asked about the initial matchup, Fox, 19, smiles and recites the game summary as if reading off a box score.
“They beat us (97-92), but I felt like I performed better,” he said. “I had 20 points and nine assists, but we lost, so it doesn’t matter. Lonzo had 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds – and six turnovers. Actually, I don’t have a photographic memory, but I remember just about everything about everybody I play against.”
As if on cue, he turns to the Wildcats’ 86-75 victory over the Bruins in their tourney matchup. With Magic Johnson in the audience and the television cameras frequently displaying his image, Fox blitzed his opponent and electrified the crowd with a career-high 39 points, four assists and three rebounds. Ball finished with 10 points, eight assists and four turnovers.
Will you be tuned in tonight to watch the 3rd matchup between these 2 exciting young point guards?
Will you watch De'Aaron Fox vs. Lonzo Ball tonight?
- Yes (95%, 39 Votes)
- No (5%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 41