Tom Sorensen

Short takes: On Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Danny Morrison, pleats and pinstripes

Things are looking up for Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, whose vision was on display in the NBA’s Summer League.
Things are looking up for Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, whose vision was on display in the NBA’s Summer League. AP

Have you watched Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA’s Summer League? He’s a deft passer with great vision who makes quick passes to players who didn’t even know they were open. His shot is odd, and requires time to loft. But sometimes it goes in. And, man, can he run an offense. …

▪  Ball was picked second. Dennis Smith Jr. went seven picks later. He, too, has been outstanding. Smith had great moments at N.C. State. But you sensed he could do more. If summer league is indicative, the Dallas Mavericks made a very good pick. He’s fearless, his shooting has been superb and he works. …

▪  The NBA says eight franchises this season will have the option to wear a Classic Edition design, a team’s most iconic all-time look. For the Hornets, that would have to be pinstripes and pleats and the design made famous by Alexander Julian. Nobody else wore those colors, and nobody else wore pleats.

You can still envision Muggsy Bogues leading a fast break in that uniform, Dell Curry shooting a quick 3, Larry Johnson going up for a tomahawk dunk and Alonzo Mourning sending an opponent’s cheap jump shot all the way to Row 12.

If the Hornets are one of the eight teams, we’ll see Kemba Walker in that same uniform leading the fast break, Dwayne Bacon shooting the quick 3, Malik Monk with the tomahawk dunk and Dwight Howard sending an opponent’s cheap jump shot all the way to Row 12.

Love to see those uniforms again on the court, as well as off it.

▪  A friend ran into former Panthers president Danny Morrison this week. Said he looked relaxed.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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