Lonzo Ball's summer league debut turned into a dud and it seems Joel Embiid couldn't help but take notice.
Ball made a much-hyped appearance against the Clippers at the Las Vegas Summer League and couldn't find his shot. He made a highlight assist on the first play of the game, but shot 2 for 15, 1 for 11 from three, and had just five points and five assists in 32 minutes. His father, LaVar Ball, told the Associated Press that it was Lonzo's worst game ever.
"He don't be discouraged because that's the worst he can do," LaVar Ball said to the AP. "He can't go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That's what I like about it."
Shortly after Ball missed a potential tying three in the Lakers' 96-93 overtime loss, Embiid tweeted, "A wise man once said 'Trust The Process'" in what appeared to be a veiled comment on Ball's lackluster debut.
A wise man once said "Trust The Process"— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 8, 2017
Embiid tried to play off the tweets, saying he was watching Vampire Diaries.
Sitting here and watching my favorite show "Vampire Diaries"— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 8, 2017
I've always thought Elena loved Stefan more but she doesn't have the balls to admit and it makes me sick.That Jawn is lit though #TeamStefan— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 8, 2017
LaVar, of course, couldn't help but be the center of attention at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night. With a crowd full of Lakers fans, he got plenty of eyes on him as he took in his son's first professional game while Lavar sported Big Baller Brand gear. During halftime, LaVar was interviewed on ESPN's broadcast of the game. He guaranteed that the Lakers would make the playoffs in the crowded Western Conference.
He added that Lonzo winning Rookie of the Year was a "done deal," adding "I've got the trophy already."
Collegeville Bakery posted a sign earlier in the day taunting LaVar, telling him to (what else?) trust the process.
The Sixers and Lakers aren't scheduled to face off in Vegas, but let's hope there's a matchup in the summer league playoffs next week. The sooner we see Markelle Fultz and Co. vs. Ball, the better.