What shoes will he be wearing? Where will his dad, LaVar, be? How will he perform in his first regular-season game? Allow a cast of ESPN reporters to guide you through Ball’s first game.
Scenes from Staples
Lonzo Ball’s shoes for his NBA regular season debut.
Lonzo Ball arrives at Staples Center for his first regular season NBA game.
Lonzo Ball arrived at Staples Center 3 hours and 10 minutes before tonight’s season opener.
Lonzo Ball is wearing the Ball No. 2 Dodgers jersey the team gave him when he threw out the first pitch.
There’s no Lonzo Ball statue yet but he and the Lakers starters have cardboard cutouts outside of Staples Center.
The Ball family will be here at Staples Center in full force. There will be 18 Ball family members, including LaVar and LaMelo Ball, on hand. The Balls have a suite and courtside seats as well.
Asked how he slept the night before his first pro game, Lonzo Ball said he slept well and always tries to get a good sleep in so he can have “good dreams.”
Luke Walton expects veterans like Patrick Beverley to “come after” Lonzo Ball tonight. Walton says experienced players like going after rookies, especially ones that come with hype and attention like Ball.
Lonzo said he’s ready to go tonight.
What Magic told Lonzo before his first game tonight…
Stay focused… play for the team… play as hard as you can.
Luke on Lonzo’s first game:
We want him to be aggressive. We’re going to let him go out there and have some fun.