In his Lakers preseason debut, Lonzo Ball dished out eight assists, grabbed seven boards and scored just five points on two for nine shooting.
On Monday, Ball, wearing a pair of Kobe AD shoes, played his first preseason game at Staples, was more efficient with his shooting — eight points on three for six shooting — but had just as many turnovers (four) as he did assists (four) in 21 minutes of action. Jordan Clarkson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center Thomas Bryant each equaled Ball’s assist total, while turning the ball over a total of four times combined. The best of those assists came from Clarkson, who threw a lob to Ball for a crowd-pleasing dunk in the first quarter.
Ball also gave the crowd and coach a scare near the end of the first half, when he suffered an ankle sprain after swatting a layup by Emmanuel Mudiay then landing on his foot.
“I got a little nervous when I saw him go down,” Walton said after the game. “I don’t like to do that, but it was my natural reaction.”
Ball returned to play five minutes in the second half of the six-point loss. The Lakers are now 0-2 in the preseason…but really fun to watch