Ball makes his NBA Summer League debut Friday at 8:30 p.m. against the Clippers.
His father summed up the night with some of his trademark straight talk.
"He got a knack for finding people", Cassell added of Lonzo, who at one point caught an outlet pass, took one dribble and fired a one-handed pass up and across the court all in a fluid motion. However, behind the scoring of Brandon Ingram, the Lakers were able to stay in the game by forcing overtime at the end of regulation.
The elder Ball may have been a bit harsh to call this his son's "worst game ever", but Lonzo Ball did not have a memorable night.
In the below clip, former UNC star Brice Johnson spins baseline and blows by Ball, finishing with a thunderous dunk.
Ball tried a couple of times to tie the game in overtime but bricked his shots.
Lonzo Ball got off the bus wearing a black Big Baller t-shirt, red shorts and black Big Baller ZO2 shoes - yes, the ones with the $495 price tag - and did two television interviews before he even changed into his Laker uniform. "That'll probably be the worst game I'll have all week, so hopefully I keep getting better."In other words, it was an unsurprising performance from the No. 2 overall pick in the draft playing in his first professional game at 19 years old".
The speedy Fox, the No. 5 pick from Kentucky, had 18 points, five steals and four assists. "Obviously I didn't feel good enough (since) we didn't win". The purple and gold clad fans showed up in droves to see Lonzo Ball's Lakers debut.
The atmosphere in Las Vegas was electric, as fans donned jerseys of Ball, Ingram, Kobe Bryant and Jerry West. Lakers president Magic Johnson, GM Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton were all in attendance. It's clear that the Lakers don't want to offer long-term deals that can jeopardize their salary-cap space for the 2018 offseason.
In the overtime session, Ball missed shots, and the Clippers got a ideal two minutes from Sindarius Thornwell. But it's better for him to start at the bottom than have all this success and expect it for the whole season.
There wasn't much to cheer the rest of the game.
"It was just a cramp", Ingram said. "That [should] be the worst game I have all week".