The Lakers lost, 96-93, in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers Summer League roster, but in front of a almost sold-out crowd at Thomas & Mack Center, Ball flashed both promising signs of his point guard potential as well as red flags with an awkward jumper that needs tweaking for the pro game.
Ball did affect the game with his other skills, handing out five assists while recording four rebounds and a pair of timely steals.
"[Lonzo] ain't gonna be discouraged". "He still kept his team in the game playing his worst game ever".
Unfortunately for Ball, he still could not find his shot in the overtime period and ended the game shooting just 2-15 and just from the floor. Ingram shares a draft position with Lonzo Ball, being drafted with the second overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. Ball made just 1-of-11 3-point attempts.
Magic went so far as to call Ball an instant leader in the locker room.
"I like the shots". This will probably be the worst game I have all week.
Three of his missed threes came with the shot clock about to expire.
But the night quickly turned into a former No. 2 overall pick's night, that is Brandon Ingram.
"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.
Of course, the star of the game for the Lakers was Ingram. He's willing to take them.
He's supposed to have his own skill set, but instead found a bunch of bricks and missed shots. "They lost by three or four points, playing his worst game ever. So if he's just alright, they win". A bedazzled, patent leather backpack draped over his shoulders and established NBA players including DeMar DeRozan, D'Angelo Russell and Isaiah Thomas were all in attendance for the game, while Johnson, the new Lakers president of basketball operations, sat courtside.
"I'm going to show you what he did do", LaVar told reporters.
As LaVar Ball increasingly became a national media figure for his outspoken and sometimes controversial promotion of his family brand, Big Ball Brand, some felt that he may be a distraction and unwanted voice around any team that drafted Lonzo.