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Lakers reach summer league final, but Lonzo Ball might not play

Lakers reach summer league final, but Lonzo Ball might not play

Jud Buechler walked out of the tunnel leading into the Lakers locker room, giddy and grinning as he spotted Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.

“I am having so much fun,” he said, before receiving a hug from Johnson, who agreed.

The Lakers didn’t feel the joy of winning very often last season during a 26-56 campaign, but they still love it and they still want their players to start to feel it, even if it is only the Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers summer league team has won five games in a row and will play Monday for the championship.

“Our stated goal going into this was winning a summer league championship because a winning mentality is...

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