De'Aaron Fox To Replace Lonzo Ball In Rising Stars Challenge

Lakers fans will be disappointed to learn that rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has been officially ruled out for Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, which kicks off NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Fortunately, the Purple and Gold will still have two representatives in rookie standout Kyle Kuzma and second-year star Brandon Ingram.

As Ball, his roster spot will be filled by an old nemesis on the court — Sacramento Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox. 

Fox and Ball faced off in college twice last season, with Fox and the Kentucky Wildcats sending Ball and the UCLA Bruins home in the Sweet Sixteen. Fox shredded UCLA for 39 points that evening.

Friday's event begins at 6pm on TNT.

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