Lonzo Ball has had a rough start to his National Basketball Association career, and it probably isn't going to get any easier after Friday night.
Bulls rookie forward Lauri Markkanen, who declared for the NBA Draft after one year at the University of Arizona, is averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.
"We know that it's a long season", Walton said before the game, "and there's ups and downs throughout that season".
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting while rookie Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with a season-high 30 points.
With three games against the Suns under their belt - the Lakers won the first two - the newly minted enemies will spend the next few months playing other teams. Phoenix (5-11) beat the Lakers, 122-113. However, the Nuggets have found some form and they'll be full of confidence after pouring in 146 points on Friday, so I'll be taking them to get the win and cover on the road. That came a day after a 142-116 loss to Houston in which the Suns gave up 90 points in the first half, tied for the second-most points given up in one half in National Basketball Association history. Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Lakers.
Rookie Lonzo Ball, who made waves on Friday by sporting a tight new haircut, finished with six points, six rebounds and six assists. "I think we're going to carry it on to the next game", Dunn told reporters. Then came an even poorer effort against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday when Ball scored two points on 1-of-9 shooting and didn't play in the fourth quarter for the second straight game. Like the Lakers, the Suns are a rebuilding team, and they will likely be in for a rough season after trading away one of their best players in Eric Bledsoe.
Markkanen had 16 points against the Hornets, and his two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining were the final points. While Devin Booker is an awesome talent, there isn't much else around him right now.
Suns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.