Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Lonzo ball Struggles in Debut, Clippers Upset Lakers

Lakers' recruit Ball gets four-year deal Los Angeles Lakers Interested in Rajon Rondo and George Hill
Jerome Frank | 09 July, 2017, 01:17

Jaron Johnson #28 of the Los Angeles Clippers guards Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was Ball's first pro game, after all.

Instead of talking his way around it or deflecting the question, LaVar insisted that it was the worst game that Lonzo has played in his life. Ball started at the point guard position for Los Angeles in their first #Nba Summer League game versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

The summer leagues are usually followed mostly by serious National Basketball Association die-hard fans and prominent scouts looking for a bargain player.

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California.

The free agency period has just started, but so far, the offseason has gone as well as the Los Angeles Lakers hoped it would. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. But he also had five assists - passing was the silver lining of his performance - four rebounds, two steals and a block. Matching up primarily against free agent Kendall Marshall, a crafty veteran with four years of National Basketball Association experience who wasn't known for his quickness before suffering a torn ACL in 2015, Ball struggled to keep the opposing point guard in front of him. Even former Laker D'Angelo Russell showed up to watch his old team play, with shots of him watching going viral. Ultimately, time will tell if it's a net positive or negative.

As for the anticipated debut of Lonzo Ball, this is one game he will want to forget.

It was the first game of his professional career and it was on national television. Ball finished with five points.

This was more energy and excitement than the Lakers had seen in ages and it was only the Summer League.

"(It was) just a lot different from UCLA, a lot more screens", Ball said.

LAS VEGAS - One prized rookie struggled with his shooting accuracy, and another promising young player gave everyone a scare after taking a tough fall. He took a seat in a riser not far from the court, and the crowd cheered loudly when they saw him.

If defenses can go under his pick-and-rolls, Ball has little chance of creating much offense for himself or teammates. This will probably be the worst game I have all week.

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