A rookie stars, but it isn’t Lonzo Ball as Lakers lose to Jazz, 96-81

first_imgWalton said that was a primary component of his postgame message to his young squad.The Lakers feel they had as good a draft as any team in the NBA in June. Ball is already a star, and Kuzma and Josh Hart, taken at the back end of the first round, have proven themselves worthy of rotation minutes.On Saturday, Mitchell, drafted 13th by the Jazz, outshone all of them.“Any rookie who can contribute in the NBA is impressive,” Walton said before the game. “Whether it is Kyle, Josh Hart, Mitchell, Lonzo.”Mitchell added three steals to his 9-of-16 shooting performance and scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half.“I know what he can do,” Ball said. “As you can see he’s a very good basketball player and helps his team every night.”Ball finished with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting, with each of his makes coming from beyond the arc. His two rebounds were a season-low, and his four assists were the fewest he had logged since opening night against the Clippers’ tenacious Patrick Beverley.Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 16 points, while Jordan Clarkson contributed 15 off the bench.Walton said he was pleased with Ball’s three 3-pointers, but he thought the rookie struggled with the size of the Jazz, whose defense is anchored by All-Star center Rudy Gobert.“I think sometimes he got in there, might have over-penetrated,” Walton said, “but we’re being real picky because we’re asking him to get downhill and to (make plays) and tonight it happened to be Gobert waiting for him down there.”As a whole, the Lakers shot just 5 for 22 from 3-point range. A night earlier against Toronto they misfired on 20 of their 23 shots from the arc.“It is a long season,” Ball said. “We just started. … The defense, that’s the priority right now. As long as that is good we are not really worried about (shooting).” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He just came flying in,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said, “got that tip dunk which electrified the home crowd, as it should have. He probably hit that next three because of how good he was feeling on the tip dunk.”Separated by 12 seconds, it was those two plays with Ball on the wrong end that the Lakers rookie focused on after the they lost 96-81 to the Jazz on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“Put this loss on me,” Ball said. “If you think about it, that kind of changed the course of the game. We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me and they got up.”What had been a 15-point deficit at the end of the first quarter was down to six late in the third when Kyle Kuzma hit a 3-pointer to pull the Lakers within 70-64. After the outburst by Mitchell, who led all scorers with 22 points, the Lakers faced an 11-point deficit entering the final period.“That was a huge one,” Walton said. “That was kind of a teaching point how one play at this level can change the entire game. We had all the momentum at that point. … The arena was quiet. We didn’t box him out.” On the Lakers’ next play, Ball threw a pass right to Jazz forward Joe Johnson, who found Mitchell for a 3-pointer. Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma returns to Utah newly minted as rising star Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PreviousUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) and Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) looks on in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors (15) and Rudy Gobert, right, defend in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) lays up the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts after being called with a foul against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dunks the ball over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ExpandSALT LAKE CITY – Lonzo Ball positioned himself under the basket for what should have been a routine rebound. A 3-point attempt went up, and Ball traced its course with his eyes.He glanced over his right shoulder a moment too late to save himself from the ensuing humiliation.Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz rookie Ball called a “real good” friend and the man he was supposed to box out on the play, came soaring in for a one-handed tomahawk dunk as Ball leaned back to avoid impact.Related Articles Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? Brandon Ingram says he’s ready to become Lakers’ next great closer last_img read more

Soccer meeting kicks off summer season

first_imgThe meeting will also be an opportunity for people to submit their registration money for the summer league, which only costs $100 to play in.If registration is a success and there are enough players, there is the possibility that games will be taking place tonight, so those in attendance are encouraged to bring their soccer gear if games just in case.Attendance is important for tonight’s meeting because if there are not enough people to participate this season, there is a possibility the soccer league may be cancelled for this summer.- Advertisement –last_img read more

CeBIT 2016 secures major international delegation for expo

first_imgIn a major coup, CeBIT Australia, Asia Pacific’s largest and longest running business technology event, has today announced China, Taiwan, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Germany will exhibit as country Pavilions at the 2016 show, resulting in roughly 115 technology companies being introduced to the Australian market.Due to CeBIT’s international presence, solid visitation numbers and NSW’s reputation as a leader in business technology, the 2016 show is viewed as a strong opportunity for international companies and governments to explore, meet and do business with local businesses.CeBIT Australia’s International Pavilions will connect technology solutions to a senior audience of government, enterprise and SME technology buyers and sellers.Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director of Hannover Fairs Australia – organisers of CeBIT Australia, said for those Australian companies interested in identifying potential international customers or vendors, or for those looking to expand abroad, the 2016 International Pavilions will allow them to easily connect with overseas companies and industry organisations.“The International Pavilions provide exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to explore new business partnerships,” said Mr Stockbridge.A representative from this year’s Korean delegation, Mr Kyungjun Lee from Telit Wireless Solutions, will again join 20 Korean technology companies at the 2016 event. Mr Lee said CeBIT provides them with the perfect platform to showcase their innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.“This year we had numerous quality meetings with potential customers and received many enquiries about our product range,” explained Mr Lee.Whilst six countries have confirmed their participation in the 2016 show, more International Pavilions will be secured in the near future.“It’s imperative that we have a significant contingent of countries on board so that we truly do provide a one-stop-shop for businesses across the Asia-Pacific region to have access to the latest solutions, people and businesses.“As NSW is Australia’s ICT capital, accounting for 43% of Australia’s total ICT businesses and home to two-thirds of Australia’s technology start-up companies, we present a unique opportunity for our international partners to explore NSW as a viable regional business location, and therefore ensuring the future of NSW as the desirable destination in which to do business,” concluded Mr Stockbridge.CeBIT Australia will take place 2 – 4 May 2016 at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush. CeBIT AustraliaSource = CeBIT Australialast_img read more