Only Sunday July 1st, the Los Angeles Lakers broke the internet as they acquired perhaps their biggest free agent in franchise history, LeBron James. Now I know that’s a huge statement considering they acquired Shaquille O’Neal and Jamaal Wilkes who won three titles each with the team, but like the Shaq acquisition, the Lakers are instantly back on everyone’s radar. And if there is anything we know about LeBron, we know he does not miss the playoffs. And now Lonzo Ball, a guy who Magic Johnson laid out an expectation to have his jersey hanging in the rafters of the Staples Center, will be able to pass to the best basketball player on he planet.
It is known that Lonzo grew up idolizing LeBron. To be able to play on the same team as him in your hometown is an absolute dream. LeBron has not played with a point guard that compares to Jason Kidd the way Lonzo does. We also know that Lonzo is not a selfish player. When he was drafted by the Lakers, the first thing he said he wanted to do was make Brandon Ingram a star. Clearly he does not have to do that with LeBron but he will be able to learn a lot from him.
Another thing exciting if you are a fan of Lonzo Ball like myself is that he will have a guy like Rajon Rondo to help him along the way. Rondo won a championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and was apart of the team that fell to the Lakers in 7 games. He almost led the Chicago Bulls to a first round upset in the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Celtics before he was sidelined due to injury. Many believe this will not work due to the fact that Rondo has been blamed for the rift between the Ray Allen and the Celtics. However there were reports of disappointment in the New Orleans Pelicans locker room after Rondo signed with the Lakers due to the fact he was respected. Rondo spoke with reporters about signing with the Lakers and playing with Lonzo. “(I’m going) try to help him as much as I can, as far as understanding the game and getting his game up to speed at a high level,” Rondo told reporters.
So while everyone thinks they know how the Lakers will unfold this season, as a fan of the greatest NBA franchise, I am the happiest I’ve been since Kobe dropped 60 points in his final game.