Everyone thought that on the first night of Lakers Summer League that point guard Lonzo Ball would tear it up.
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Brandon Ingram did not participate in the matchup against the Celtics after going down with a leg injury in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game against the Clippers.
Thanks to a stylish freshman campaign at UCLA and his proud papa, LaVar Ball, Lonzo was hyped all the way to his podium introduction on draft night. "My boy is going to bring them out because it's excitement for the game. He's been doing that all his life". It's a lot to back up, you know that stuff about being Rookie of the Year.
While he remains thin, Ingram's shoulders are noticeably broader compared to his rookie debut in summer league past year.
Ball still struggled to find his shot and only made one of his five three-point attempts, but his ability to push the pace and set up teammates could not be ignored. He finished the game with his first ever triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. Being used as a stretch center, the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder dragged Boston out of a double-digit deficit by pick-and-popping traditional Lakers big man Ivica Zubac to pieces.
Golden State is in a position to keep dominating for a while, so this is a good time for the Lakers to apply any sort of learning curve.
Feeding Brandon Ingram with a ideal ally-oop, Ball kicked off his Lakers career with a bang.
Overall, Lonzo's defense was adequate, also considering his rebounding effort (he picked up three defensive boards). While standing beyond the 3-point arc, he found Ingram for an alley-oop dunk. I've just got to hit them. How it plays out is anyone's guess.
His performance was so poor, even LaVar Ball acknowledged it was bad, but he still said he "changed the Lakers' culture"... oh well, one out of two isn't bad.
"It took me back to college", Tatum said with a smile. 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.
"It was just a cramp", Ingram said.
Now it's a matter of holding it, and whether he does won't be up to LaVar.
"Having him pass like that is contagious", said Kuzma, who led the Lakers with a game-high 31 points.