Welcome to The NBA, Lonzo Ball! Clippers' Patrick Beverley Says Hello

Danny Woods
October 21, 2017

The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their season on Thursday night, and highly-touted rookie Lonzo Ball struggled mightily - scoring just three points and pulling down nine rebounds.

Last night, Lonzo made his National Basketball Association debut at Staples Center and was tasked with going up against the Clippers' Patrick Beverley, who made a point to make the 19-year old rookie point guard's night a living hell.

Stephen A. then brought up Patrick Beverley making life miserable for Lonzo in Thursday's game, and how Lonzo has a target on his back, thanks largely to LaVar's antics.

Click the video up top for more. "What a better way to start than Mr. 94 Feet guarding him tonight". Because Lonzo's name is attached to it ...

"So you got to be [all hard]", Ball added. I think when he stepped on the court that he wasn't ready to go like he has been the past week, so I pulled him out to tell him about it, and I know he wasn't happy with me, but that's my job.

"Rebounds! Physical!" Ball said, seeming just to shout out random words. George finished with 28 points while Anthony added 22.

After the game, Beverley was much more diplomatic, calling Ball a "great talent" and telling reporters that he'll be better for having gone through tough games like this one.

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"[Beverley] plays hard. He knows his job". He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar. "We've got to regroup".

"Yeah, you shut the m--f-- down", LaVar Ball told ESPN. Lonzo Ball getting off to a slow start is not something new.

"When he stepped on the court, he wasn't ready to go like he has been the past week", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.

Both teams put in less than inspiring performances in their season debuts, with the Suns as a whole, shooting 32 percent from the field, while the Lakers shot 40 percent, a percentage inflated by garbage time buckets. But it is a better story.

Beverley's career changed forever when the Houston Rockets signed him to a multi-year deal in January 2013. You never care about Lonzo versus Westbrook, Lonzo versus Harden, Lonzo versus Beverley.

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