Less than half a minute into his first game as a Laker, Lonzo Ball provided a tantalizing glimpse of the future.
He threw a lob to second-year forward Brandon Ingram, who dunked the ball, sending the heavily pro-Lakers crowd at the summer league game into a frenzy.
“Perfect play,” Ball said. “It was an easy pass. He caught it. That’s a good way to start the game.”
From there the two players’ nights diverged. Ingram, 19, showed off his growth, both physically and mentally. He scored 26 points on nine-for-17 shooting, with three assists, three steals and two blocks in 31 minutes. Ball, also 19, but a rookie out of UCLA, struggled in his Lakers debut. He made only two...