When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, hype and expectation ensued.


Mainly driven by the growing star power of his father, Lavar, Lonzo was put into the position of the savior of the once proud Laker franchise. He was touted the next Magic Johnson and the leader of the new showtime Lakers.


His ability on the court has never been questioned. There’s a reason why Magic and the Laker personnel decided to choose Ball in the first place. He has the unique, and remarkable, ability to see the floor and create for others that only few possess. He has a quiet, but confident demeanor that will be sure to prove him well over time as the pressure to succeed mounts. There’s also a humbleness about him that is often overshadowed by the in your face and brash confidence that his dad displays on a daily basis when supporting him.


So, when it came time for the Vegas Summer League to get underway, all eyes were on Lonzo and how he would perform.


Could he live up to the hype that his father had created and the media had capitalized on? Or would he wither under pressure?


Well, as it turned out, he withered like a dead flower in his first “pro” game.


A packed house witnessed a glimpse of potential greatness on the very first play when upon his first time touching the ball, Ball delivered a perfect alley oop to teammate Brandon Ingram that lifted the roof off the arena. However, this was one of the few moments that Lonzo provided on this special night.


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For the rest of the game, Ball went 2 for 15 from the field and a disappointing 1 for 11 from beyond the arc.


His father called it, “His worst game ever”  and media and fans alike were sure to let Lonzo know that it was. Although nobody in their right mind would then write off Ball as the future of the franchise, many wondered if he could really live up to the expectation that was placed on him. This, I thought was an unfair assessment as well being that this is only one game.


For the rest of the summer league, Lonzo proved that it was an unfair assessment as he finished the summer league averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game and also notching two triple doubles in the process.


This, along with the fact that his Laker team won the summer league championship, garnered him the MVP award. It was a clear turnaround from his first game and his play showed how much of an impact he can have on that team right away.


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