Lonzo Ball's struggles in NBA Summer League debut unsurprising, overstated

Instead, his debut was the exact opposite, and gave some fans room for concern.

While he remains thin, Ingram's shoulders are noticeably broader compared to his rookie debut in summer league past year.

Putting all of the attention of his father LaVar aside, Lonzo Ball is projected to be a franchise-altering National Basketball Association player. And if the games are anything like we saw this summer, we are all in for a real treat.

Ball got his chance for redemption Saturday night against the Boston Celtics before a sold out crowd, sparking conversations of a renewed rivalry. He put up 10 three-pointers, drew a foul on a attractive spin move in the lane, and got himself open on the fast break, leading to a game-high 26 field-goal attempts. Even without all of LaVar's controversy, it's highly unlikely that Ball would have gone first over Markelle Fultz. Ball's eight defensive rebounds were particularly valuable as they allowed him to instantaneously initiate the fast break. At 6-foot-7, Ojeleye might be strong enough to defend many power forwards, much like 6-6 Celtics starter Jae Crowder. With his first triple double underneath his belt, Ball's done just that.

And the usual cavernous scene high atop the Cox Pavilion Center on the University of Las Vegas campus was filled with fans, a seldom seen sell-out for a summer league game. This could be a constant distraction or a great decoy, as there are only so many reporters and maybe LaVar takes some of the pressure off the young Laker players from answering questions immediately after the game. He was active on his man and rarely drifted too far away on help. He'll have to go toe to toe with De'Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings.

Jaylen Brown had a disappointing outing, finishing with just 13 points on 4 of 13 shooting.

UCLA won the regular season meeting, but Kentucky eliminated the Bruins in March Madness.

Of course, whether LaVar actually remains out of the picture should the Lakers or Lonzo struggle remains to be seen, but the admission confirms a widely held theory - it's an act to get attention.

The Lakers have fallen on hard times. While Lonzo Ball was the star of the night, Tatum's final numbers came under the radar but he was a force in the winning effort, scoring 19 in the second half.

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