Lakers: Lonzo Ball out for Christmas, following week

Dan Feldman
NBC Sports

The NBA has scheduled the Lakers, through thick and thin, the last 19 Christmases.

So, it helps when the large-market franchise with the massive fan base is at least interesting.

Lonzo Ball makes the Lakers more interesting. Unfortunately, he’ll be sidelined against the Timberwolves tomorrow.

Lakers release:

Lonzo Ball, who was injured in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, had an MRI today. Results of the MRI revealed a shoulder sprain in his left shoulder. Ball will be out for tomorrow’s game vs. Minnesota and will be reevaluated in one week.

Tyler Ennis will likely see a bigger role, and combo guard Jordan Clarkson can spend more time on the ball. The Lakers still have young talents like Brandon Ingram (who’s status is uncertain for tomorrow) and Kyle Kuzma.

But Ball brings a level of intrigue unmatched by any other Laker. He was just the No. 2 pick, and his unconventional style lends itself to a fun, up-tempo style. Of course, his attention-grabbing father, LaVar Ball, also draws interest into Lonzo.

The Lakers (11-20) probably aren’t playing for meaningful on-court success this season, anyway. But Ball will be missed by the national audience watching tomorrow’s game.

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