Lonzo Ball appreciates LeBron James' support

Pauline Gross
December 15, 2017

James, in his 15th season and 11th with the Cavs, is putting up MVP numbers - sitting third in the National Basketball Association in scoring (28.3 points per game) and assists (9.0).

"It was the best thing, man". "It's been everybody else".

This is just a guess, but I have a feeling this will not be the last time the Lakers executives feel the need to have a chat with LaVar Ball.

"I mean, maybe if I meet (James) I'll come up with a question to ask him or something", Ball said, "but off the top of my head, no".

"I mean, listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career", James said.

LeBron went on to rave about his professionalism and even related to Lonzo's degree of hype entering the game. I don't know what they talk about in private, but Lonzo's an incredible team player. I got a drive about me that I'm not going to let nothing stop me from being as great as I can be. LaVar also said that Julius Randle should have passed the ball ahead to his son Lonzo Ball for a chance at a game-winning bucket.

"The kid hasn't said anything. It's a problem now". "But keep my family out of this".

Earlier that night, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball showed up at Madison Square Garden wearing a hoodie featuring his face photoshopped onto a Nas album cover. Four players have made at least 35 treys, led by Kyle Korver's 47, and seven have made at least ten. "He just plays the game the right way". J. R. Smith, who is third with 39. Absolutely. The kid can play ball.

Lonzo Ball's unorthodox jump shot. PF - Larry Nance Jr. Ingram finished with five points on 2-for-12 shooting.

He wasn't the only Knicks player to have a good game, as rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina scored a career-high 13 points to go with five assists and five rebounds.

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The Garden has had its fair share of circuses over the years, but I'm not sure it's ever seen anything like the one the Ball family has brought to the Lakers.

The Cavaliers are 9.5-point favorites, yet they don't have many trends for betting purposes.

The Lakers are more of a mixed bag, going 5-1 against the spread in their last six against Central foes but 3-7 in their last ten road games.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said not only has he never met a National Basketball Association parent like LaVar, but he has never really had a parent reach out to talk to him about a player he was coaching.

Ball's still adamant that he knows what's best for his son, though.

The rookie was humbled by James' presence at one of his summer league games in Las Vegas and when James tweeted at Ball for his 20th birthday in October.

On Tuesday, James spoke glowingly about Ball in an interview with ESPN.

Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has "a lot of pressure on him", Walton said, according to the New York Times. It will also be televised locally on Fox Sports Ohio.

The game will be televised nationally on TNT and nationally in Canada on SportsNet One. Tip-off time is 8 pm EST.

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