NBA Summer League: Clippers spoil Lonzo Ball's debut with Lakers

NBA Summer League: Clippers spoil Lonzo Ball's debut with Lakers

NBA Summer League: Clippers spoil Lonzo Ball's debut with Lakers

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 are determined to do one-year contracts in free agency, preserving salary-cap space for 2018 to pursue possible free agents Paul George, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook".

But the Celtics traded the pick and so folks were left with a matchup that while not almost as tantalizing, it was nonetheless well worth watching as Boston's first-round pick Jayson Tatum did his part to keep the crowd engaged. The Celtics pulled out an 86 to 81 win down the stretch.

Sitting Ingram because of the cramps is the wise thing for the Lakers to do. He's now the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He finished with five points, five assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

Ball's teammates received plenty of good looks. Ball has quickly become a fan favorite since joining the team.

Former Utah star Kyle Kuzma was spectacular in Saturday night's' matchup. Ingram shares a draft position with Lonzo Ball, being drafted with the second overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, it is in the best interest of the Lakers to sit Ingram out for the rest of the summer league to make sure he is fit and ready to go come October.

Portland Trail Blazers rookie Caleb Swanigan had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-63 victory over Utah on Saturday.

LaVar has said all along that he would speak Lonzo going to the Lakers into existence, and it finally happened. On one play when he was alongside his opposing number, Ball as able to contest the shot and force a miss.

Selden was dominant at times in a 91-88 victory over Washington with 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting and 4 of 6 from three-point range. Even with that all in mind, Ball took the optimistic route following his first game with the Lakers since being selected last month with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He's been dancing with defenders instead of getting to places in a straight line.

Semi Ojeleye was great for Boston.

After that, Ball looked like a rookie struggling to adjust to the faster National Basketball Association game.

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