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It was a long night for fans during the Lonzo Ball debut after just the first possession.

LAS VEGAS - Brandon Ingram had just missed a potential game-winning shot and fell to the floor, clutching his right leg.

"I'll tell you want he can do", LaVar went on. His first points of the game came off of a sweet lob from rookie Lonzo Ball and he never looked back.

Ball also had five assists, four rebounds, three turnovers and played a team-high 32 minutes for the Lakers. But missing 13 of his 15 shot attempts stood out like a Shaquille O'Neal at the free throw line.

None of it caused Ball to shy away from taking shots when he was open. They didn't go in, but he took them. "I was ready to get back to play but looked back over to the sidelines and saw Magic".

"I am going to show you what he did do", LaVar explained.

The second half was better for him defensively as the Lakers started switching screens on defense.

"He's a leader on the court", Ivica Zubac didn't seem at all deterred by Ball's bad shooting night. As long as you go 1-for-1 for the game victor. He's a unique point guard with a special type of vision that allows him to see plays before they happen.

Fellow top-five picks Josh Jackson and De'Aaron Fox had much better starts to their careers in the nightcap of the six-game slate on the campus of UNLV.

While he remains thin, Ingram's shoulders are noticeably broader compared to his rookie debut in summer league previous year.

Team officials also have spoken with guard Rajon Rondo about a one-year contract, ESPN reported. Playing for the Lakers with that famous last name is due to draw attention, but Bryant bares no resemblance to the recently retired LA Lakers' legend.

Crawford averaged 12.6 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting last season, while Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Lakers games have always been well-attended here in Vegas, just a four-hour drive from Los Angeles.

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.

Ingram sustained his cramps on the final shot of regulation. The sophomore Ingram shined with 26 points in 31 minutes, playing with more assertiveness than his celebrated rookie teammate.

Those two late misfires helped put the finishing touches on a deflating end to an exciting night for the Lakers, whose fans filled the Thomas & Mack Center and treated Ball, Ingram and company to multiple standing ovations.


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