Lonzo Ball began his Los Angeles Lakers career with an impressive alley-oop to Brandon Ingram, but the rest of his Summer League debut left a lot to be desired.
With the world watching and his famous father talking, Ball struggled in his bid to make a good first impression—primarily with his shot. He finished with 5 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, but only managed to shoot 2-of-15 from the field, including 1-of-11 from three-point range. The Lakers lost to the Clippers 96-93 in overtime. Father LaVar called the game his son’s worst ever, but insists there’s nowhere to go but up from here.
LaVar Ball on Lonzo Ball’s debut: “His worst game ever… [but] he changed the Lakers’ culture.” (@BenGolliver)
On the bright side, Ball played his first game in the Lakers-inspired “SHO’TIME” colorway of his Big Baller Brand ZO2 signature sneaker, which sells for $495 at bigballerbrand.com. Though Twitter trolls held on to every slip and stumble in an effort to take shots at the shoe’s durability, the ZO2’s held up for a 32-minute outing.
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