Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer
Patrick Beverley on playing Lonzo Ball tonight.
Patrick Beverley on playing Lonzo Ball tonight.
Lonzo Ball, wearing a Dodgers jersey with "Ball" on the back, gives the Dodgers a shout out and says it doesn't matter who they play. Ball says Dodgers will win.
Lonzo Ball notes that summer league and preseason is over and the wins and losses count now. And he judges how he does by wins. "We got blown out so I didn't play too well," Ball said. "All I care about is winning."
Lonzo Ball liked the shots he got tonight. He said Patrick Beverley did what he's best at in picking him beyond halfcourt. "It's basketball and he plays 94-feet and that is what he's supposed to do."
Luke Walton said he thought Lonzo Ball kept his composure against Patrick Beverley, who tried to get under Ball's skin and even shoved him at halfcourt at one point.
Luke Walton said he had to talk to Julius Randle on the bench when he saw the forward "wasn't ready to go" tonight. "I felt when he stepped on the court, he wasn't ready to go so I pulled him out to tell him," said Walton, who noted Randle wasn't thrilled. "... Like a lot of tonight it was a learning experience."
Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball tried to feel his way through the game and had a "decent" debut in which the rookie showed flashes of what he can do. "I thought he was good," Walton said. "Lonzo, the way he plays this game it is such a feel thing for him. We really saw some of the things he is capable of doing. He likes to take his time doing things [and feel it out]... overall it was a decent game for him."
Luke Walton says young Lakers have to learn how to play through missing shots and not let it impact their defense and rebounding. "I would've liked a more energetic fight and spirit if you will," Walton said. "Plenty to learn from here."
LaVar Ball certainly draws a crowd
The Lonzo Ball era begins with just three points, 1-for-6 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists. Patrick Beverley got up in him as expected, shoving him at one point at halfcourt and later stripping him clean at halfcourt for a layup. But in his first game since he injured his ankle on Oct. 2 in the preseason, Ball hit the glass hard, tried pushing the ball when he could, had one highlight-worthy crossover on Beverley and even blocked Blake Griffin from behind on help defense at one point. What will likely stick with the rookie most is the Lakers getting blown out by the Clippers by 16 in a game that was over in the third. Ball only played 29 minutes with the game out of reach. All Ball wanted in his debut was a win. Ball and the Lakers get right back at it tomorrow in Phoenix.
Magic Johnson: "This is the moment I've been waiting for, to go to the World Series."
A great example of Magic Johnson multi-tasking as he talks about the Lakers and watches the Dodgers.
Magic Johnson reminiscing about his first game in the NBA with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Willy Hernangomez said Jeff Hornacek talked to him at shootaround about improving on the defensive end, which seems to be the reason that Hornacek kept the second-year big man out of the rotation. Hernangomez acknowledged that he needs to improve on defense and said he wasn't concerned about being out of the rotation in the Knicks' opener. "I have to wait for my moment, my chance to be on the court…. When the team needs me, I'll be there. So I just have to keep working and waiting for my moment. Just like last year: first couple of moments I didn't play a lot, but I think this year is way different. So I have to keep working." Hornacek said Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn earned spots in the rotation in preseason but nothing is set in stone at the moment.
Brandon Ingram's preseason funk continues as he is off to a 2-for-11 shooting start in this game. He's trying to be aggressive, attacking the basket and shooting on pull-ups but not much is falling so far.
Magic Johnson after the Dodgers won the National League and a trip to the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Magic Johnson lets out a big "whooooo!" upon meeting with media to talk about Dodgers' win.
Lonzo Ball's first basket as a Laker comes with 4:49 left in second on a 3-pointer. But moments later, Ball tried dribbling by Patrick Beverley, who stripped Ball clean near halfcourt for an easy layup. Earlier in the game, Ball crossed-over Beverley, who whiffed while going for the steal.
There are some little things Lonzo Ball does that will make his coaches and teammates love him. At one point, Ball threw a pass ahead of Larry Nance Jr., who caught up to the pass on the way to the paint but it seemed to catch him off guard and he pulled back out and passed it away. Ball immediately raised his arms in a shooting motion seeing that Nance could've driven for a basket or foul if he kept going. Ball and his teammates are still learning one another but you can see how Ball will lead teammates to the basket. On another play, Brandon Ingram missed on a drive and fell hard. Ball followed in to try to rebound but the Clips rebounded and raced down court. Ball landed near Ingram and extended his hand and waited to make sure Ingram got up and was OK. Things like that and the passing will make teammates love playing with Ball more.
Magic Johnson on trying to watch the Dodgers and the Lakers at the same time tonight.
Carmelo Anthony said the "hell" reference in the tweet before the game was about the last two years with the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony: "That chapter's closed. That chapter's closed. No more Knicks talk. We can just focus on the Thunder moving forward."
Magic Johnson reminiscing about Los Angeles in 1988 when the Lakers won the NBA championship and the Dodgers win the World Series.
Carmelo Anthony said it felt good to see Kristaps Porzingis looks as comfortable as he did tonight. Said he looks ready to be the No. 1 option.
In case you're wondering LaVar Ball is watching tonight's game up in a suite.