Lonzo Ball Struggles In NBA Debut

Lonzo Ball Struggles In NBA Debut

Lonzo Ball Struggles In NBA Debut

Don't make me bring my shoes out and run.

During Ball's pro debut Thursday night, Beverley bumped him, bullied him, stripped him and blocked him - essentially shut down Ball, who finished with 3 points, four assists and nine rebounds in the Clippers' 108-92 victory. "He was going to see if I can get eye contact. It's going to be a lot of people trying to go at his head". On the inbound play, Beverley got up and close with Ball, who took exception. He played in Ukraine, Greece and Russian Federation before sticking with the Rockets in 2013 and becoming one of the top defensive guards in the league.

LaVar Ball has courted controversy along the road to his son's National Basketball Association career, demanding $1 billion for sneaker contracts not only for Lonzo but his two younger sons as well.

After the game, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Neil Everett reported live from Staples Center on the late-night SportsCenter, and were joined by... yep, LaVar Ball.

Blake Griffin had a game-high 29 points to go with 12 rebounds, while his frontcourt partner DeAndre Jordan also had a double-double with 14 markers and 24 boards. Yeah, you shut him down. OK.

Did I mention that Patrick Beverley was on Lonzo Ball like white on rice?

While just about every commentator (including Snoop) thinks that he's going to end up being a good player, no one - at least on TNT - questioned last night that the rookie's outspoken dad had put him in a tough position.

The Clippers never trailed in their first game without Chris Paul, showing a crisp offense against the Lakers' still ineffective defense. Because Lonzo's name is attached to it.

And it sounds like it ain't gonna get easier for Ball as the season moves along. When you're coming off the bench and you get put in the game, you have to be ready to go at that moment. "Nobody is going to care about you", LaVar Ball added. Big Baller Brand went up 12 percent. At one point during the game's broadcast, he appears to be mouthing the word "b--" to Ball.

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