Wearing purple Kobe Bryant Nike shoes instead of his signature Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball was more of a facilitator in the first half, firing several long outlet passes that resulted in easy baskets.
The Sixers' No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, did not play in the contest but watched court-side.
All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield and No. 5 pick De'Aaron Fox sat out, then college player of the year Frank Mason left after 4 minutes with an apparent ankle injury.
Yes, it's only summer league, but Lonzo Ball going for 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds - plus hitting the game-winner - cements something I've been thinking a lot about lately: The Lakers should have the 3rd most televised games in the National Basketball Association next season, after only the Warriors and Cavs. He was 12-of-22 from the field, but just 3-of-10 from three-point range. "It's nice that he came out.Did it inspire me? No".
Ball, though, has no plans to make Nike his sole footwear.
"Just. Do. It", James wrote on Instagram. Well, it only got worse for LaVar Ball's pet project, because Lonzo went out and played the game of his (young) life. Ball remained aggressive and was 9-of-12 on twos and also from the free throw line, and that puts more pressure on the defense because he's too outstanding a passer to miss open guys once they collapse on him.
Perhaps Nike was right - it's gotta be the shoes!
If LaVar Ball wants to build a sports apparel empire, he is going to need a lot of help from his son Lonzo.