Lakers' Lonzo Ball: Make pay-for-play in college legal

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball weighed in on the subject of college athletes being paid and the FBI investigation into college basketball, saying the NCAA should allow players to be paid.

"Everybody knows everybody's getting paid," Ball said Friday. "Might as well make it legal."

Ball said he did not receive money from agents during his one season at UCLA.

"My dad wasn't big on that," Ball said. "We just focused on going there and getting out."

Ball returned to the court Friday night for the first time since suffering a sprained left MCL in January. He missed 15 games.

In 17 minutes, Ball had 9 points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 turnovers in the Lakers' 124-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

He will not play in Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

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