10 months ago
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball may actually be almost as good as his father thinks.
On Saturday night, the rookie sensation became the youngest player in NBA history to notch a triple-double, scoring 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in the Lakers’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
And in doing so, Ball achieved the first triple-double of his career at the age of 20 years and 15 days, besting the record previously held by LeBron James since the 2004-05 season by five days.
Ball added 4 blocks and three steals to his stat sheet, though it wasn’t enough to stave off the Lakers’ third straight loss.
“I really don’t care,” Ball told reporters after the Bucks’ 98-90 win. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”
It took Ball just 13 games to get a triple-double, and the ceiling remains high on the second overall draft pick. But he’s struggled at times under the enormous expectations and media glare that have come with the over-the-top pronouncements made by his father, LaVar Ball.
The senior Ball, for example, proclaimed his son better than two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors —before Lonzo played a single professional game.
See video highlights from ESPN below: