The hype of Lonzo Ball has hit the city of Los Angeles like a storm. The promising guard who came into the draft so highly touted has been a source for media buzz around the NBA. From his outspoken father to his talented younger siblings, the Ball family has been at the center of the basketball community. Lakers’ fans were undoubtedly looking forward to getting a taste of what Lonzo can bring to the table this preseason, but for the time being it looks as though fans will have to wait longer to see Lonzo play in multiple games.

The Lakers first reported that Lonzo had suffered an injury hours after the Lakers fell to the Denver Nuggets – a preseason series in which the Lakers would lose both games. The official injury is reported to be a sprained left ankle. Team trainers believe in rest and recovery to make sure his ankle heels properly.

Being ruled out of Sunday’s matchup against De’Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings means that Lonzo missed his second straight preseason game due to the injury. The matchup of Ball and Fox has grown widely popular and fans hoped that they would get to see the two play head-to-head after Lonzo sat out their first meeting in the Summer League due to a groin injury.

The Lakers clearly heard about the news regarding Lonzo and coach Luke Walton took to the podium before the game saying:

“He tried getting after it a little bit in the next practice we had and was limping around a lot, so it was kinda one of those things that we let him finish up the 5-on-0 stuff on (ankle). The next day when it was sore, he tried to shoot again before practice and we just decided to shut him down until he gets better.”

The Lakers have two preseason games this week, with their regular season opener on October 19th. Coach Walton didn’t talk much about whether Lonzo’s injury will affect the opener, but Lakers fans hope it won’t.

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