The NBA world was upset Monday night when it was announced there would be no Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox rematch.
No ball vs fox matchup today?!
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) July 10, 2017
Ball sat due to a groin injury and the Lakers decided there’s no need to risk injuring their star rookie more in a meaningless summer league game. Just take a look at what happened to the 76ers’ top pick, Markelle Fultz. Although Ball’s injury isn’t serious, resting him made the most sense.
But it’s still disappointing we didn’t see Ball vs. Fox. These two prospects were hyped as rivals, especially after Fox dropped 39 points in the Sweet 16 when Kentucky played UCLA. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Fox said he played so well so he could “shut LaVar Ball up.” LaVar is, of course, Lonzo’s very outspoken father.
Shortly after the news broke that Ball wouldn’t play in Monday night’s game, Fox posted a facepalm emoji on his Twitter account. The tweet only lasted a few minutes before being deleted.
After the Kings 95-92 summer league loss against the Lakers, Fox explained why he sent the tweet.
“I got hacked,” he joked, via ESPN. “Nah, I like to play with y’all. I know what y’all do. It made a story, didn’t it? I knew y’all were going to take it. Y’all ran with it faster than I would run a 40. So I did it.”
He was right, outlets ran with the tweet to further hype up the Ball vs. Fox rivalry, but the Kings rookie says it’s not that serious. He feels like the media has made a bigger deal of it than it really is and didn’t think Ball purposely sat out this game.
“No one is ducking anybody at the end of the day,” he said.