"[Lonzo] ain't gonna be discouraged". "And you still keep your team in the game playing the worst game ever". Ain't nowhere to go but up. The former All-Pac-12 First Team and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection appeared in 96 career games (64 starts) for the Utes, averaging 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
"It's better for him to start at the bottom than have all this success at the top and everybody expect it the whole season".
Johnson also treated Ball to a "welcome to the NBA" moment ... Instead, the Clippers secured the win behind the foul-drawing talents of Sindarius Thornwell (26 points) and a strong mid-range display by Brice Johnson (23). The sophomore Ingram shined with 26 points in 31 minutes, playing with more assertiveness than his celebrated rookie teammate. He took a seat in a riser not far from the court, and the crowd cheered loudly when they saw him.
They were of LaVar Ball, father of Lakers rookie and No. 2 overall draft pick Lonzo Ball. It ain't about him being a superstar, but he changed the culture. That's what it's about.
While LaVar Ball has dropped hints that he could tone down the bombastic comments and unending marketing of his Big Baller Brand apparel that turned him into an internet villain of sorts during Lonzo's lone season at UCLA, he was totally in character for his son's debut.
Ball did affect the game with his other skills, handing out five assists while recording four rebounds and a pair of timely steals.
With his family based in Los Angeles and a solid relationship already in place with Ball, Crawford would like to sign as a free agent with the Lakers. "We will see her when time goes by". He needs to get better.
They finished 41 games back of first-placed Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division.
Those two late misfires helped put the finishing touches on a deflating end to an exciting night for the Lakers, whose fans filled the Thomas & Mack Center and treated Ball, Ingram and company to multiple standing ovations. A pair of fans chanted "airball" every time he touched the ball. The rest of the games he plays this month won't alone determine his destiny either.Summer league is a learning experience, and he isn't doomed for a bad opening night. "I know he'll be better tomorrow night".