Lakers guard Lonzo Ball messed around and got a triple-double Saturday night, and the much-hyped UCLA product made some history in the process. Early in the fourth quarter of a 98-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ball grabbed his tenth rebound to go along with his 13 points and 11 assists. You can see Ball make history at the 2:23 mark in the video above.
At the age of 20 years, 15 days, Ball surpassed LeBron James as the youngest NBA player to record a triple double—the statistical achievement of reaching double figures in three statistical categories.
Former Lakers great and current Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, saw his share of triple doubles as a player and offered his rook some congratulations via Twitter.
Congratulations to Lonzo @ZO2_ for becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 12, 2017
“Congratulations to Lonzo @ZO2_ for becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double,” Johnson tweeted.
Given that the young Lakers took an L to drop their overall record to 5-8, Ball didn’t seem particularly impressed with his achievement.
“I really don't care,” Ball told reporters after the game. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”
Earlier this summer, Ball became the first NBA rookie to get a triple-double during the Las Vegas Summer League.
The first 13 games of Ball’s professional career have been expectedly uneven, as Ball’s highlight reel assists have come with shooting woes and his brother LiAngelo being detained in China for a reported shoplifting charge. When speaking exclusively with Shams Charania of Yahoo’s The Vertical, Ball shrugged off his early season scoring struggles.
“I really don’t give a … I’ve played this way my whole life,” Ball told Charania. “In today’s NBA, a lot of point guards get buckets, but I go off my impact and what I can do to win games. It’s not going to be scoring every night, but I’m trying to improve that. The way I play, it comes from Dad. He really don’t care about noise either. My dad had me on lesser teams, so I had to do more and it prepares me.”