"I'm just happy to be back just to have the chance to hopefully get out there and help my teammates," Ball said.
Ball has missed six games with a sprained left shoulder. He suffered the injury against the
Ball returned to practice on Thursday and participated in the full contact, and unusually physical, practice fully. He said he is a little bit sore today, but the injury has healed enough to where he won't be hampered on the court.
The Lakers have struggled in Ball's absence. They are on an eight-game losing streak, and its low point came Wednesday with a 37-point loss to the
"Numbers don't lie," Ball said. "It's proven that we play a lot better when we play faster. That's what I bring to the table. So hopefully it helps out."