The play the Lakers Thursday night in Cleveland on TNT, and it’ll be the first Lonzo vs LeBron game. It’s a big week for Lonzo, after Tuesday’s strong showing at Madison Square Garden in a loss, and now he’s got a chance to impress the King.
Strangely, LeBron gushed about Lonzo Ball ahead of their matchup. I read the opening as a shot at LaVar, but that’s probably just me:
“The kid hasn’t said anything. It’s been everybody else. So, I love his humility. He goes out, every time someone asks him a question, he says, ‘This is not about me, man. I just want to win. I don’t care about what I did.’ I seen he had a triple-double one game and they lost. He was like, ‘I don’t care. We lost.’
“So, can I draw any parallel to my experience? I mean, of course. I guess when you’re drafted to a franchise, they want you to kind of be the savior. And it takes a while. I mean, listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career. S— doesn’t happen [that fast]. Here it goes again, it goes back to my instant oatmeal [quote]: Everybody wants it right away. Can he play ball? Absolutely. The kid can play ball. Do guys want to play with him? Absolutely, because it’s a guy who is not about him. It’s about the success of the team. And he gives the ball up, and he passes the ball, and there’s energy behind the ball.”
Even if the Cavs win this game by 20 and the Lakers look terrible, read nothing into it. I’m still pushing the LeBron-to-the-Lakers angle that I first trotted out in June.
The Lakers know how to get around the salary cap problem. Go and execute, Magic.