Alonzo Ball, the No. 2 Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, scored 3 points in his rookie debut against the LA Clippers. Three points. That’s 3 as in right after two and just before four. Ball finished the night with three points, nine rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. At times, Ball displayed his elite court vision with lengthy, fast break passes. Other times, Ball looked passive, lacking the aggression fans hoped for from a top three draft pick. But thee points? And he only attempted six shots? Please.
But hold the presses. One game does not a season make.
His head coach defended his celebrated rookie recruit with this: “I think Lonzo’s getting a bad [rap] for getting destroyed his first game,” Coach Luke Walton said before the second game of the season. “Personally, I thought he could have had a double-double with rebounds and assists [but] we didn’t make any shots. … I thought he was fine last night. It’s a good learning experience for everybody.” http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21096424/los-angeles-lakers-lonzo-ball-goes-one-assist-shy-triple-double-vs-phoenix-suns
It was a good learning experience indeed.
And learn quickly from this experience he did, because Ball bounced back with a bang. On Friday night in the second game of his career, Ball bounced back by flashing the kind of triple-double versatility that made the Lakers select him second overall in the draft. He displayed the kind of passing that dazzled at the Las Vegas Summer League and knocked down four 3’s, including a step-back 3-pointer.
Ball is the first teenager since LeBron James to have 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. His 29 points are the most by a Laker in his first or second game of his career since at least 1963. Magic Johnson scored 26 in his debut.
And that’s what we need to do. We all need to bounce back, and quickly. So don’t let a bad day or a bad night or a bad week or even a bad season set you back or hold you back. Don’t let a letdown keep you down or hold you down. Get back up and get back going! Ball did. He’s got a lot of hype and a lot of hope riding on his shoulders, and he proved that he can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ as he flipped the script and proved all of the doubters wrong, again.
So bounce back. Get back up. Dust yourself off. Recoup and reclaim and recover all that the devil stole from you. Because it’s not how many times you fall down that counts; it’s how many times you get back up.
A righteous person may fall seven times, but he gets up again.