Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball managed just three points and four assists while being hounded by Clippers defender Patrick Beverley in his National Basketball Association debut Thursday, and Ball's actual on-court performance was overshadowed by his father's decision to blast Beverley after the game.
After the game, Beverley was captured on camera shouting obscenities directed toward Ball.
The 132-130 final scoreline against one of the NBA's worst teams showed the Lakers have a ton of work to do, especially on the defensive end, but you can see why so many observers are excited by the pieces LA has put together.
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The Suns called timeout, and when Ball came to the bench his coach, Luke Walton, recognized a focus in Ball he had seen many times before. "Bring him out on the court with me, and I will tear his ass up", Beverley said.
Appearing in his second career game, Ball finished one assist shy of a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
The Lonzo Ball era begins with just three points, 1-for-6 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists.
This was something that Ball also quickly pointed out as he voiced that he believed that Lakers' second game provided him a prime opportunity to bounce back from his quiet performance in the season opener. "I think tonight was a good night for me rhythm wise".