Lonzo Ball underwhelms in NBA Summer League debut
MANILA, Philippines – The number two overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft debuts with a dud for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lonzo Ball had a woeful performance for the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, July 7 (Saturday in Manila) in the Summer League.
He had just 5 points and 5 assists, on two-of-15 shooting, including a one-of-11 clip from long range, plus 3 turnovers in 32 minutes of play. He also had 4 fouls.
He had a promising start with a calm alley-oop lob to Brandon Ingram to open the scoring.
But that was soon eclipsed by a bad game that even included the UCLA star tripping over his own feet.
Ball tried a couple of times to tie the game in overtime but bricked his shots.
Another lowlight came when he was schooled by second year forward Brice Johnson, who exploited a mismatch in the post.
Ball's father LaVar had this to say about his son's disappointing first showing: