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One year after Lonzo Ball was named the best player at the league's annual showcase in Las Vegas, second-year guard Josh Hart followed in his footsteps.

Fresh off his 37-point, nine-rebound performance in a double-overtime semifinal win over Cleveland, Hart was voted as MVP by a media panel.

Over the weekend he also had his first meeting with Lakers coach Luke Walton.

Hart, whose Lakers face the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in the championship game at 10 p.m. ET, leads all players in scoring (24.2 points per game) in Vegas, while chipping in 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in six contests.

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It appears to be the first time they've seen each other since LeBron bolted The Land and signed a new $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

When LeBron James and former coach Tyronn Lue both chose to attend tonight's Summer League game, it was obvious that there would be serious potential for some awkward interactions to occur. "He's about doing things the right way, and he's about winning", Walton said.

"We've been going since the middle of May, we focused on some things he needed to work on, talked about leadership qualities going into summer league because he was one of our veteran presence that has played legit National Basketball Association minutes, and he took all those things and carried into the three-week process here - and he was phenomenal every night", Lakers summer league coach Miles Simon said. The Lakers could never get going on either side of the floor in a 91-73 loss that served as an unfitting ending to a dominant summer run. "So once I figure out what that means, we'll be good".


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