"Welcome his little young ass to the NBA."
The Lonzo Ball era kicked off in Los Angeles last night and the 19-year old rookie point guard had the pleasure of going up against one of the NBA's most tenacious defenders, Patrick Beverly.
And Beverley made his presence felt right from the jump, fouling Lonzo hard and getting in his face at every opportunity. Beverley, who the Clippers acquired from Houston as part of the Chris Paul trade, clearly had an agenda going into last night's game against the Lakers and he succeeded in harassing Lonzo the full 94 feet of the court.
Lonzo was limited to just three points, four assists and nine rebounds in the Lakers' season-opener, as the Clips picked up a 108-92 victory "on the road." Patrick Beverley had just 10 points and two steals, but he was the center of conversation following the game.
"I just had to set the tone," Beverley said. "I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff 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. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA."
"He's going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times," Beverley said. "He'll appreciate this when he looks back on it."
Check out some of NBA Twitter's reactions to Lonzo vs. Pat Bev below.
Hey Lonzo welcome to the NBA your first game is against a rabid pitbull best of luck pic.twitter.com/8F1ylCPOJP— #Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) October 20, 2017
The plan, according to Patrick Beverly: Get in Lonzo's Ass— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 20, 2017
“It is presumed Beverly is talking about Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball.” 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/rO83AzwPWD— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 20, 2017
Snoop on Lonzo: "His father put him in a lion's den with some pork chop drawers on" pic.twitter.com/oLFLc2qQ4J— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 20, 2017
Michael Rapaport shares his review on Lonzo Ball's NBA Opening Night pic.twitter.com/psilMkc3Zf— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) October 20, 2017
Patrick Beverley hit Lonzo with the “You can’t see me.” pic.twitter.com/5Kf6GG8uh0— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 20, 2017
LaVar to Lonzo after the first Laker loss 😂 pic.twitter.com/U0eaUdAL3j— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2017
More footage of Lonzo Ball's NBA debut ... pic.twitter.com/3ALYrQUU37— Steven R. Walker (@Steve_R_Walker) October 20, 2017
Lonzo reacting to Beverley's incessant trash talk with the dead eyes of somebody who's been playing 1on1 with Lavar Ball for nineteen years.— Amir Blumenfeld (@jakeandamir) October 20, 2017
Lonzo vs Bev pic.twitter.com/n99L2bIfJN— Eric Kwaku Yeboah (@YeboahNBA) October 20, 2017
Lonzo Ball when he sees Patrick Beverly walking to the scorers table, but he’s just grabbing his warmup and not checking in pic.twitter.com/xqDcC4YDYI— ⌚️ (@UncleDreww__) October 20, 2017
Lonzo Ball when he sees De’aaron fox or Patrick Beverly on the schedule pic.twitter.com/MgRjGIa1p9— Hunter Miller (@huntermill__) October 20, 2017
Patrick Beverly out here ending the legend of Lonzo Ball, before it ever started.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 20, 2017
Lonzo when he wakes up this morning pic.twitter.com/CX80mh2NxQ— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) October 20, 2017