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Lonzo Ball‘s Las Vegas Summer League debut was more of a whimper than a bang Friday night, but his father was encouraged by his effort despite calling it “his worst game ever.”
“He don’t be discouraged because that’s the worst he can do,” LaVar Ball said, according to the Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski. “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.”
Sports Illustrated‘s Ben Golliver shared LaVar’s comments in full:
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LaVar Ball on Lonzo Ball’s debut: “His worst game ever… [but] he changed the Lakers’ culture.” https://t.co/u8g4OYJiey
Lonzo finished the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with five points on 2-of-15 shooting (1-of-11 from three), five assists, four rebounds and three turnovers in 32 minutes.
“Tough game. We didn’t get the job done,” Lonzo said, per Krawczynski. “I need to be better.
“The only way to go now is up. That’ll probably be the worst game I’ll have all week, so hopefully I keep getting better.”
The No. 2 overall pick will be back in action Saturday night, when the Lakers clash with the Boston Celtics at the Thomas & Mack Center at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.