Here’s what we learned in the Lakers’ 123-114 loss to Memphis:
Ignore the Big Baller Brand. Ignore the loudmouth patriarch. Ignore the hype.
Lonzo Ball, the basketball player, is absolutely critical to the Lakers.
The team has yet to win a game without him on the court this season, and that’s not a coincidence. He’s an active defender and the captain of the offense, getting the Lakers into rhythm and pushing the tempo to the point it needs to be at.
The Lakers aren’t a very good team when Ball is on the court, but...