Lonzo Ball Was Garbage in His First NBA Summer League Game

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NBA summer league isn’t supposed to mean much. But when LaVar Ball has practically proclaimed his son Lonzo Ball the second coming of Stephen Curry, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at the performance the Los Angeles Lakers’ No. 2 overall draft pick displayed in his first game in purple and gold.

The rookie out of UCLA shot 2-of-15 (1-of-11 from three) for five points and got routinely owned on the defensive end.

Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell, the talented young point guard the Lakers traded to the Brooklyn Nets just to get out from under Timofey Mozgov’s terrible contract, was on hand and apparently not impressed with Lonzo’s showing.

An actual picture of Russell at the game:

Behind Lonzo’s terrible shooting, his squad lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 96-93 in overtime.

LaVar said it was the worst game of his son’s life.

“He don’t be discouraged because that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar said. “He can’t go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That’s what I like about it.”