John Locher/ AP Los Angeles Lakers’Lonzo Ball shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Brice Johnson (10) throughout overtime of an NBA summer season league basketball game, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas.
Friday, July 7, 2017|10:17 p.m.
. It took Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his very first summer league game.
Similar to LaVar taught him.
Ball’s highly expected Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night began with a flourish on a completely timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. However that was one of the few brilliant spots for a gamer Magic Johnson has called as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The No. 2 overall pick scored simply 5 points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Leave it to his dad to summarize the night with some of his trademark straight talk.
“He do not be discouraged since that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar Ball stated. “He can’t go however up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That’s exactly what I like about it.”
Lonzo Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point variety, including a bad miss out on from well beyond the line– the sort of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for– with 1:16 to play in policy.
He was likewise a little sluggish to react on defense, including when Brice Johnson made a fast spin past him for a dunk. The Clippers published the emphasize on their Twitter account, calling it a “lovely baller relocation.”
That’s the kind of target that LaVar’s antics have painted on his son’s back. And it’s much bigger than the purple No. 2 under his name.
“Tough game. We didn’t get the job done,” Lonzo Ball stated. “I have to be much better.”
Scouts do question how that unconventional shooting stroke will mean the NBA video game. What is not up for debate is the Lakers’ return to must-see status with the pass-first point guard on the trigger and his carnival barker dad on the mic.
While LaVar Ball has dropped tips that he could tone down the bombastic comments and endless marketing of his Huge Baller Brand clothing that turned him into a web bad guy of sorts during Lonzo’s only season at UCLA, he was completely in character for his child’s launching.
“The Lakers fans are coming and my young boy is going to bring ’em out,” LaVar Ball crowed at halftime. “Because there’s excitement for the game. It’s home entertainment. That boy is going to entertain. He’s been doing it all his life.”
LaVar Ball went into the Thomas & & Mack Center to a raucous ovation, flanked by more than a lots family members. They saw the game from a raised phase behind one baseline, and as he rose the stairs for the very first time, he raised his hands and pumped his fist to the crowd.
Lonzo Ball left the bus using a black Huge Baller t-shirt, red shorts and black Huge Baller ZO2 shoes– yes, the ones with the $495 cost– and did 2 television interviews prior to he even changed into his Laker uniform. A bedazzled, shiny leather backpack curtained over his shoulders and developed NBA gamers including DeMar DeRozan, D’Angelo Russell and Isaiah Thomas were all in presence for the game, while Johnson, the brand-new Lakers president of basketball operations, sat courtside.
Lakers video games have constantly been well-attended here in Vegas, just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles. But this one reached another level, with fans piling into the arena three hours before video game time and sitting through a Bucks-Cavaliers video game before lastly getting to the piece de resistance. When Lonzo found Ingram for the alley-oop on his first ownership, it appeared like things were going to come easy.
“I constantly stated get ’em out their chairs on the first play,” LaVar Ball said. “That’s how we used to have fun with his brothers. Either strike a long 3-pointer from halfcourt or a dunk.”
However it became clear extremely quickly that things would not always go efficiently. The sophomore Ingram shined with 26 points in 31 minutes, having fun with more assertiveness than his well known novice teammate. Lonzo finished with five assists, four rebounds and 2 takes.
“It’s got nothing to do with him,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s going to make this group come up and make everyone start passing the ball. And that’s when that chemistry comes in which’s when that winning comes in. That’s when the winning is available in. Once you begin winning, everyone begins feeling great.”
Because way, LaVar is right on the money.
Lonzo’s clothing are fancy, and the first play was quite a highlight. But the rest of his game was distinctly understated, similar to his personality. Magic might have called him the new face of the NBA’s marquee franchise and his dad states the rookie is on the Lakers since he spoke it into presence. However there is absolutely nothing “look-at-me” about him.
He speaks quietly and with a straight face, absolutely nothing like the mega-watt smile Johnson gave Hollywood from Michigan State. Surrounded by electronic cameras after the video game, he couldn’t wait to carry on.
“The only way to go now is up,” Lonzo said. “That’ll probably be the worst game I’ll have all week so hopefully I keep getting better.”