Lakers' Lonzo Ball back tonight after knee injury

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After being without their rookie point guard for the last 15 games, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Lonzo Ball will make his return to the court on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

That move leaves Ball returning to a Lakers team that has lost three straight and is playing some of its worst defense of the season, surrendering an average of 129.3 points since the trade.

During the course of Ball's absence, the Lakers managed to compile a winning record of 8-7, thanks to a few players stepping up while he was missing recovering, including rookie Josh Hart, who averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds over the previous five games prior to the Mavs game. That was when Ball drew the delay of game whistle. It was the 10th time in his last 12 games played that Ball has buried two or more 3-pointers in a game.

Despite his comments, Ball told Ahmed he wasn't paid while attending UCLA: "My dad's not big on that, so just kinda focused on going there and getting out". ". We finished within his minutes restriction".

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Numerous young Lakers had never experienced a trade deadline deal that cost them not only two of the key components to the marginal success they have had this season, but also two well-liked personalities in the locker room.

Would it really change the game all that much if players are already allegedly getting paid? From the outside looking in, watching the Lakers play, he is very good and goes at his own pace, which is a strength to have at a young age.

If all goes as expected with Ball's knee, the next game the rookie will play will be at Atlanta on Monday.

Ball doesn't think so and there are plenty of other athletes who see the flaw in the system, including Kevin Durant who weighed in on if it's even possible to stop players from being paid by agents.

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