His father summed up the night with some of his trademark straight talk. There were several outlet passes made by Ball from 60-70 feet down court that should get Laker fans excited.
He had a promising start with a calm alley-oop lob to Brandon Ingram to open the scoring.
The 19-year-old struggled to find any offensive rhythm with his shot often times settling beyond the arc that led to him missing his first six attempts from distance while his only makes in the game came on a 3-pointer and a putback layup.
He was also a little slow to react on defense, including when Brice Johnson made a quick spin past him for a dunk.
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"It was just a cramp", Ingram said after the game.
"He has not played a lot of full-court basketball since that last NCAA game".
"I've always said, 'Get them out of their chairs on the first play, '" LaVar said.
"He just said it's marketing", Johnson said, per Ramona Shelburne, ESPN. The purple and gold clad fans showed up in droves to see Lonzo Ball's Lakers debut. On the bright side, though, Ball seemingly recognized the hot hand he had in Ingram and managed to still contribute five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block on the night. Instead of going to the movies, everyone is going to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand.
Lavar Ball added, "It's better for him to start at the bottom". It's clear that the Lakers don't want to offer long-term deals that can jeopardize their salary-cap space for the 2018 offseason. But the rest of his game was decidedly understated, much like his personality. So, what did the senior Ball tell team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to assure them that Lonzo was worth such a high draft pick in an especially strong class? Behind the play of Brandon Ingram, the Lakers were still able to lead the Clippers 49-41 at the end of the first half. If you're running the wing, you better pay attention because he's going to hit you in the side of your head. "I don't know what people expect from him". The rest of the games he plays this month won't alone determine his destiny either.Summer league is a learning experience, and he isn't doomed for a bad opening night.