With a quick two-handed pass - just a flick of the wrists - almost 30 feet from the basket, on his first possession against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball delivered an on-the-money alley-oop lob to Brandon Ingram for a dunk.But as highlights and jaw-dropping plays go, Ball didn't have many in his Lakers Summer League debut. And when Lonzo found Ingram for the alley-oop on his first possession, it looked like things were going to come easy.
Yet from there, their paths diverged. Ingram led the way for the Lakers from start to finish showing his growth this offseason.
"He'll be a good ball player", Clippers summer league coach Sam Cassell said.
"I just missed a lot of shots and we lost the game", Lonzo said. I think Lonzo will help to make them guys better.
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He also had five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block, and three turnovers in 33 minutes of play.
Lonzo Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line - the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for - with 1:16 to play in regulation.
The Lakers-Celtics Summer League game will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 ET. "I'm pretty sure he's pretty disappointed".
LaVar watched the game from a box seat near the court. "We're not going to use that as an excuse". You don't want to give Lonzo the best player in the world and don't get no championship? But it was a hell of an atmosphere tonight for his first game. Nothing is earned in the National Basketball Association and Ball is finding that out the hard way.
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Lonzo Ball's Summer League debut didn't go the way Lakers fans were hoping, but Anthony Morrow didn't let the one outing change his opinion of the young point guard. If you're running the wing, you better pay attention because he's going to hit you in the side of your head.
Ingram came down awkwardly after that shot and everyone on the Lakers, including their fans, held their collective breath. He scored in a variety ways highlighting the work he's put into his shot this summer.
Ingram left the court on his own and wanted to return to the game, but Lakers president Magic Johnson, who was sitting courtside, waved his hands back and forth to signal that he wasn't interested in taking chances with Ingram's heath. D'Angelo Russell, the second pick from 2015, didn't last more than two seasons in LA.
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