Lonzo Ball's rocky Summer League debut opened with an eye-popping alley-oop pass and closed with a jaw-dropping assessment from his father, LaVar.
Lonzo Ball struggled in the first half by posting just 2 points while making just one of his six field goal attempts.
Portland Trail Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-63 win over Utah.
"I like the shots. I just missed shots".
"(Magic's) got Zo", LaVar Ball said.
The media-averse teenager could sum up his night in fewer than 11 words. Didn't get the job done.
After the game, LaVar pointed out one area where the Lakers and his son clearly won on Friday night. "(Lonzo) can't go but up.
On the very first play of the very first game of Summer League, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram offered Lakers fans a preview of what could be on the horizon if both players reach their ceilings. That's what I like about it. "Oh well. It is better for him to start at the bottom". He's going to grow. "I'm not insane. I know it's going to take time to build and we're building, but when we get the right people in here, we're going to win".
"I liked the looks", Ball said. [Lonzo] changed the culture. "That's what it's about".
This young professional player has a peak of expectations being placed on him, but the former UCLA star has found an friend in second-year forward Brandon Ingram. Johnson claims that Ball, when the Lakers came to visit his house, admitted the braggadocio is just marketing for his new brand - Big Baller Brand. "I'm out of here".
The Rockets have signed star guard James Harden to a four-year, $228 million contract extension, the richest in National Basketball Association history.
The Los Angeles Lakers are now contemplating to rebuild their once-great storied franchise, to lay a foundation that the organization can build a victor on. Lakers second-year center Ivica Zubac joked Ingram is "talking too much" after Ingram chewed him out over a defensive assignment.
"He reminds me of Paul Pierce", Celtics summer league coach Walter McCarty said. All they have to offer a free agent is a $5.2 million midlevel exception.
Turner added that Rondo may have to agree to a one-year deal if he wants to join the team.