Last Thursday night the Los Angeles Lakers opened up their season against their heated in town rivals the Clippers, a game in which rookie phenom Lonzo Ball had a terrible first game for his career. Scoring just 3 points on 1-6 shooting from the field, 1-3 from deep, and 0-2 from the charity stripe along with 9 rebounds and just 4 assists. Patrick Beverly, who received First Team All Defensive honors last season, gave Lonzo hell all evening by playing physical defense and uttering not safe for work phrases in his face the entire game. Although It may have been a tough game for young Lonzo it may have been best for him to experience playing against someone like Beverly out of the way early. This was his welcome to the league moment. Your first NBA game is against the best (and yes i said best) defensive point guard in the league and he played terrible with all eyes on him.. How well is Lonzo gonna bounce back from that first game was the question on everyone’s mind.
Friday night Ball bounced back just as you would expect a Big Baller to do. Ball scored 29 points (albeit on 27 shot attempts), grabbed 11 boards, and was one assists shy of becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double, which would have broken Lebron Jame’s record 14 years ago. Whether you like it or not, Lonzo Ball has arrived and he’s not going anywhere and neither is his big mouthed father.
Sure, Ball needs to become a more efficient scorer because 29 points on 27 shot attempts simply wont cut it, but nonetheless he’s shown he can rebound just as well as any guard in the league and he’s displayed a court vision and basketball IQ that only few players in the league can say they possess. Fasten your seat-belts ladies and gentlemen, BBB has arrived in the NBA.