Lonzo Ball debuts with 'worst game ever'

Lakers' recruit Ball gets four-year deal

What many suspected over the past few months was finally confirmed after a candid conversation revealed that LaVar Ball and the way he acts on camera is all for marketing purposes.

However, Ball's coronation was short-lived, as he proceeded to stink up the gym for the next 39 minutes of play. "It was an easy pass".

From there the two players' nights diverged. On the bright side, though, Ball seemingly recognized the hot hand he had in Ingram and managed to still contribute five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block on the night.

The game started off tremendously for Ball, as he threw a gorgeous alley-oop pass to Brandon Ingram on the Lakers' first possession.

Lonzo Ball was one for 11 from three-point range and was slow to react on defence, including when Brice Johnson made a quick spin past him for a dunk. In addition, he also sees his son being the best rookie and winning hardware to go with that claim.

Scoring just five points, Ball came well short of where fans hoped he'd be.

No details were released, but the deal is expected to be worth about US$30 million (S$41.5m) which is the allowable amount for a No. 2 overall pick under the collective bargaining agreement. "He's going to get better".

"I just missed shots (and) we lost the game", he said. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. This decision gave Lonzo Ball the opportunity to come up big in his Summer League debut. Kay Felder, a backup point guard last season, scored 10 points but missed all six 3-pointers and finished 2 for 11.

With the high draft selection and a massive amount of attention on him due to his dad's antics, whether or not Ball would feel any jitters during his first National Basketball Association on-court experience was a major question mark.

"It was a tough night for him", Summer League coach Jud Buechler said.

As he struggled more and more with his shot, he heard it from the crowd.

"Yeah, only way I can go now is up", Ball told the Times. Meanwhile, Ball's younger brother, LaMelo, took the court during a timeout to participate in a shooting contest with Clippers superfan "Clipper Darrell".

Lavar Ball, though, offered praise for his son: "He took the shots". At halftime, LaVar made his way down by the court and high-fived fans and took selfies. He needs to get better.

Ball's first game against National Basketball Association competition reinforced some of the concerns raised by scouts during the draft process.