Ball’s performance on Friday did not exactly match the hype: 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 points and 2-of-15 shooting as the Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 96-93. On Saturday, though, he finished with a triple-double — 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — in the Lakers’ 86-81 loss to the Boston Celtics.
Fans oohed and aahed at Ball’s behind-the-back passes, as well as his ability to read the court and find his teammates in transition. When he completed a no-look pass, Johnson and Pelinka fist-bumped. Sometimes his vision was too good: His teammates fumbled bullet passes on multiple occasions.
“I definitely felt better — better game — but like I said, we didn’t get the win, and that’s all we care about,” Ball said after Saturday’s game. “So until we win, we aren’t going to be happy.”
Several past and current N.B.A. players came to watch on Saturday. The Sacramento Kings rookie guard De’Aaron Fox sauntered in during halftime, drawing a swarm of autograph-seeking children. Fox had shone in his own summer league debut on Friday, recording 18 points, 4 assists and 5 steals in 27 minutes in an 89-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
“I was really comfortable out there,” Fox said. “Nothing really came as a surprise for me — the way they played, the way they defended, anything. I feel like I was really ready. People gave me good advice coming in.”
While the Kings did not draw the crowd that Ball and the Lakers did, some Sacramento fans donned purple capes and crowns when Fox took the court.
Markelle Fultz, who was selected first in the draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, played only briefly this past weekend.
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