To that end, head coach Dave Joerger wouldn't mind seeing 24 more games with the intensity Sacramento showed in its first game after the break. "That's how I feel". Walton sent Thomas and then Ball in together for the first time with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter and fans greeted both point guards with cheers. He last played on January 13, coincidentally against the Mavericks, too, logging in 43 minutes on the floor and scoring just nine points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds in a 107-101 road win. All the money they generate for the programs & stuff, it's kind of an unfair system.Everybody knows everybody's getting paid & that's how it is. "He really don't care".
And if Thomas finds a way to do what he hopes to - rebuild his value back to that of the player who averaged almost 29 points per game a season ago and earn a lucrative long-term deal that likely would come from another team - without disrupting the Lakers' growth, the remainder of this season will qualify as a success for a team that is just three wins shy of matching its total from a year ago.
Also, the Lakers coach made a decision to see how Ball and new addition Isaiah Thomas would play together for the first time this season.
Guard Isaiah Thomas finished with 17 points and four assists against the Mavericks in his first home game since being acquired from Cleveland on February 8.
The goal of the Junior Basketball Association, which is scheduled to launch this summer, is to "get the NCAA to change and pay players", said Lonzo Ball, whose likeness was the model for the league's black-and-gold logo.
Ball played all his minutes alongside Thomas and Walton said he saw the ball move the way he envisioned with the two point guards on the floor.