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While LeBron James is about to become the face of the Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise’s mouth has spoken… again.
LaVar Ball, outspoken father of Lakers’ second-year point guard Lonzo Ball, said James will enjoy playing with his son — because he’s taller than Kyrie Irving –James’ former teammate on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In an interview with Overtime, LaVar Ball said James will “love playing” with his 6-foot-6 son, while also casting some shade at the 6-3 Irving, now with the Boston Celtics.
“Lonzo’s going to get along with anybody he plays with,” Lavar said. “He’s just got that special gift. And LeBron is going to be fine with that on the fact that Lonzo’s not 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2 like Kyrie.”
Of course, Ball was not finished.
“Lonzo’s not ball-dominant where he just dribbling the ball and you watching him trying to do a crossover and make a layup down the lane,” he said. “Anybody would enjoy playing with my boy. He’s always been like that.”
LaVar Ball scoffed at the idea of Lonzo Ball playing off the basketball because James has had it in his hands so often during his 15-season NBA career.
“Lonzo ain’t going to play off the ball,” he said. “How’s LeBron going to play point? Lonzo will be pushing and he get it out of his hands too quick. Lonzo don’t do all that dribbling. All he got to do is run the lane and the pass going to be right on the money.”
LaVar Ball sees James and his son being perfect for each other on the floor.
“We going to play so fast, he’ll throw him touchdown passes and be scoring all day,” he said. “And then when he don’t, he going to throw the long pass and Lonzo will shoot the 3-pointer very easy.”
Lonzo Ball made 90 of 205 attempts from beyond the 3-point line in his rookie season for the Lakers, which translates to 30.5 percent.