Air Ball: Lonzo falls flat in Summer League debut

Posted July 09, 2017

It was Ball's Las Vegas Summer League debut against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He got a knack for finding people", Cassell added of Lonzo, who at one point caught an outlet pass, took one dribble and fired a one-handed pass up and across the court all in a fluid motion. His first play of the game was an alley-oop tossed from Steph Curry's-three-point range to a cutting Ingram that had the entire arena roaring.

The 19-year-old Lonzo Ball, who will expectedly be the Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard next season, will have a plenty of knowledge to learn, and on a franchise that is now light on veteran players, it could be an uphill battle.

In the below clip, former UNC star Brice Johnson spins baseline and blows by Ball, finishing with a thunderous dunk.

While the shots weren't falling, Morrow wasn't overly concerned with that aspect of Ball's game and endorsed the 19-year-old. The most expensive seat (courtside) sells for $400, but a pair of VIP courtside tickets to the Saturday game sold for $5,150 on StubHub.

Los Angeles Clippers' James Bell drives between Los Angeles Lakers' David Nwaba, left, and Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas.

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"Just want to continue to work at the same pace and get even better than I was tonight, especially on the defensive end", Ingram said.

"You have to have a great leader and somebody that can make their teammates better and somebody that has incredible basketball IQ", Johnson said of Ball.

He also had five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, and three turnovers in 33 minutes of play.

Now the dad of top Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball has finally admitted what so many have suspected all along. "Instead of going to the movies, everybody's going to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand", LaVar said. "Oh well. It is better for him to start at the bottom".

There wasn't much to cheer the rest of the game.

However, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers and president Magic Johnson's fears were assuaged when Johnson and LaVar had a sit-down talk and LaVar made a rare, honest confession to Magic: it's all marketing. 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.