Like his Summer League debut, Lonzo Ball struggled with his shot but filled up the stat sheet in his preseason debut on Saturday.
Wearing his new remixed Zo2 shoes, The Lakers No. 2 pick dished out eight assists, grabbed seven boards and had two steals to go with five points (2-9 fg, 1-5 3pt, 0-0 ft) in a 108-99 loss to the new look Wolves.
As expected, LaVar Ball was in attendance and had some interesting quotes about his three boys and three B brand.
“We did exactly what we’re supposed to do,” LaVar said of the attention. “Welcome to the Ball era. Everybody’s coming to the Ball era.”
“I said he’s gonna be Rookie of the Year. How could he not?” the elder Ball said. “… [The hype around Lonzo is] going to keep growing. That’s what Big Baller Brand does. It grows.”
“That’s why I told him they’re going to win a championship between one and seven years because help is on the way,” he added. “My other two boys will be here in a minute.”
Even crazier than 18,000+ fans showing up to watch the Lonzo and the Lakers play a preseason game with the Wolves was the amount of fans that formed a line to meet LaVar before the game.
The Ball family huddling up after Lonzo Ball’s preseason Lakers debut. Luke Walton stopped by to say hi. pic.twitter.com/GbeCw9MtyZ
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) October 1, 2017
4 minutes left in the fourth quarter of the first Lakers preseason game. Still here: everyone in the upper deck. pic.twitter.com/19TLUsBdqP
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 1, 2017