Lonzo Ball mania takes over the NBA Summer League

LAS VEGAS — Big Baller Brand sold out NBA Summer League on Saturday.

Thomas Mack Center barely filled half of the lower bowl when the Summer League started 10 years ago. On Saturday for the marquee showing between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas gym crowd spilled into the upper bowl and packed fresh Lonzo Ball jerseys into the lower sections until they were bulging. For the first time in Summer League history, the event sold every general admission ticket available (priced at $30).

It has been trending this way for years now, as summers in Vegas have developed into a cult classic. But on Saturday, the crowd — predominantly Lakers fans, per usual — had other reasons to be there.

Ball Mania is real. Lonzo Ball bounced back from his horrid 2-of-15 shooting debut to record a triple-double on Saturday. The crowd ooh’d and ah’d at his passing and exploded whenever a three-pointer went down. Sure, that’s normal. He’s the team’s top pick and prospect, standing out from the horde of unknown prospects without pedigree on both sides.

Still, nothing is normal when LaVar Ball and the clan — LiAngelo and LaMelo both present — watch everything happening from a corner dais. All clad in Big

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/7/9/15943054/lonzo-ball-nba-summer-league-2017-crowd

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