In Lonzo Ball’s regular season NBA with the Lakers on Thursday night (Oct. 19), he had his hands full with opposing Clippers guard Patrick Beverly.
Lonzo struggled to find any rhythm on the court and Los Angeles ultimately lost the game 108-92, while the rookie notched just 3 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Beverley tested the rookie every chance he got, putting the pressure on him on the defensive end (beyond the half-court line too) and even unleashed a expletive-filled tirade directed at Lonzo as he walked into the locker room. “F*cking win,” Beverley yelled, according to ESPN reporter Arash Markazi. “Weak ass motherf*ckers. Don’t put that motherf*cker on me.”
In a post-game interview, Beverly explained that he was just welcoming the young kid to the NBA.
“I just had to set the tone, man,” he said. “I told [Lonzo] after the game, man, [that] due to all the riffraff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. What a better way to start off, just 94 feet guarding him tonight…Welcome his little, young ass to the NBA.”
Patrick Beverley on playing Lonzo Ball tonight. pic.twitter.com/qSeKcDcMSH
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 20, 2017
Despite his struggles and Beverley giving him a hard time, Lonzo was gracious in defeat. He said Beverley played great defense on him, adding that he “knows his job, and he does it very well.”
He also talked acknowledged the expectations surrounding him, while adding that he was just as disappointed with his performance in his first NBA game. “That’s what happens when you play in L.A.,” Lonzo said. “Everybody expects you to do well, and if you don’t, they get somebody to do it. So obviously tonight wasn’t the way we wanted to come out, wasn’t the way we wanted to finish. But the good thing about the NBA is we’ve got 81 more.”
Ball’s dad LaVar, of course, was a bit more brash in his response. During an on-air interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, he went off.
“Yeah, you shut the motherfucker down,” LaVar said. “And your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK… Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it. So you got to be [all hard]. Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”