/Summer League in Las Vegas opens with Lonzo Ball struggling

Summer League in Las Vegas opens with Lonzo Ball struggling


AP

Published 1:33 a.m. ET July 8, 2017 | Updated 1:33 a.m. ET July 8, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game.

There wasn’t much to cheer the rest of the game.

Ball’s highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night started with a flourish on a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots for a player Magic Johnson has dubbed as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The No. 2 overall pick scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Ball was 1 for 11 from 3-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line — the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for — with 1:16 to play in regulation.

Fellow top-five picks Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox had much…

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