Lonzo Ball has Deflating Performance in NBA Debut
By Brandon Simmons
The NBA kingdom has been waiting for July 7 for quite a while now. That is the date that Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was going to make his professional debut, which is also the Lakers’ first Summer League game. However, in the matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers, it was far from the riveting display NBA fans expected to see; especially those who followed the gospel of his father, LaVar.
Ball, the number 2 overall pick in the draft, did not look like the hype surrounding him. He finished 32 minutes, 5 points on 2-15 shooting, 5 assists and 3 turnovers. His defense on the night looked a little shaky at times. On one play, Ball was defending Clippers forward Brice Johnson down low on the baseline, but Johnson blew by him with a spin move. It was just icing on the cake on night that ironically wasn’t so sweet for Ball. After the game, his name was the top trending topic on Twitter as fans took to social media to voice their criticisms and christen the former UCLA star Lonzo “Air” Ball.
Not surprisingly, Lavar had something to say about his son’s performance as you can see in the clip below:
LaVar Ball says Lonzo played his worst game ever but believes his son already changed the Lakers culture.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 8, 2017
Ironically, the one thing that Laker fans should do with Lonzo Ball is not overreact. This is somebody who is playing his first NBA game and there is no better time to make your early screw-ups than in the Summer League. Right now, just like every rookie, Ball is getting used to the speed of the league. Yes he is playing with fellow rookies and a few D-League castoffs, but some of the more veteran players could have a substantial skillset to pick any rookie’s game apart. Everybody will be tuned in to see how better Ball has gotten, given the high profile he has carried with him leading up to this moment.
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