Relive Lonzo Ball's National Basketball Association debut

Ross Houston
October 20, 2017

According to ESPN, on 29 possessions, the 29-year-old held Ball to zero points and zero assists.

Lou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers' first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston.

Johnson said he bounced from game to game: "Dammit, rebound!"


After all the hype around Lonzo Ball's arrival in the National Basketball Association, it was clear that Patrick Beverley was keen to show the new kid who's who when the Clippers faced the Lakers in their first game of the season.

Walton has said before that Ball will have a "bigger target on his chest than most rookies", but he reiterated it again after the Lakers' morning walk-through. The rookie got Beverley with a nice crossover at one point when Beverley went for a steal and whiffed.

Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from the field and committed two turnovers. "I told him after the game due to all the riff raff that his dad brings that he is going to get a lot of people coming at him. But what a better way to start than 94 feet guarding him".


To his credit, Lonzo praised Beverley after the game, saying the veteran "knows his job" and "does it very well". "I wasn't happy with what we gave our fans tonight". Lonzo Ball getting off to a slow start is not something new.

"Beverley is going to test [people]", LaVar Ball said. Lonzo don't even care about Beverley. The NBA purposefully had these two teams play each other for their opening nights to set the stage of who was the dominant LA team from out the gate, and Griffin has no intention to let that title slip it seems.


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