In Lonzo Ball’s first NBA game in New York City, the Los Angeles Lakers rookie decided to once more revive his media feud with legendary rapper Nas, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in nearby Queens.
Lonzo, who once characterized Nas’ music as “not real hip-hop” before recanting the statement, arrived to Madison Square Garden wearing another Big Baller Brand sweatshirt that re-imagines Nas’ “It Was Written” album cover with the UCLA alum’s face on it.
Wow. Look at the hoodie Lonzo wore to MSG tonight. Disrespecting the GOAT once again?!??
Go get ‘em, Frank pic.twitter.com/FL4Ztdvhty
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 12, 2017
With father LaVar Ball in attendance, Lonzo Ball’s first NBA game against the New York Knicks was personally solid. For the third night in a row, he shot 40 percent or better from the field (for him, and only him, an accomplishment), going 6-of-13 for 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block, just one turnover, and one sick alley-oop finish that had his dad pumped in and out of his sideline seat.
LONZO BALL WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE pic.twitter.com/kJVG11sbTq
— Connor (@McCartyConnor) December 13, 2017
Lonzo even found a camera for some eye contact, possibly the most likable moment of his young career.
Still, Lonzo and Co. came up short, falling 113-109 in overtime.
Knicks fan Nas let him know about it by taking to Instagram to celebrate the win. Which, according to a quick scroll through his feed, is highly atypical.
Two weeks ago, Nas’ manager Anthony Saleh said the “If I Ruled the World” rapper didn’t hold any ill will toward the young Laker—and that Nas wasn’t even aware of Lonzo’s existence when the point guard first publicly uttered his name.
“C’mon, man. Of course he’s gonna say stuff like that [because he’s 19],” Nas said, according to Saleh. “It’s all good.”