LeBron James and Lonzo Ball played against each other for the first time on Thursday night, and both of them put together solid performances during the Cavaliers’ 121-112 win in Cleveland. LeBron notched the 59th triple-double of his career by putting up 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, while Lonzo just missed notching a triple-double of his own by putting up 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists. But in the immediate aftermath of the game, LeBron and Lonzo’s stat lines were the last thing anyone wanted to talk about.
After the final buzzer sounded, LeBron and Lonzo were spotted sharing a few words with one another out on the court. And while that really wouldn’t have been all that newsworthy in and of itself, both players turned it into a big deal by holding their jerseys up over their mouths at one point in an effort to prevent people from seeing what they were saying to one another. LeBron, in particular, seemed to have a lot to say to Lonzo, and by simply talking to the rookie, he managed to spark a lot of speculation.
Was LeBron telling Lonzo he’s going to come and play for the Lakers next season? Was he telling him he needs to tell his dad LaVar to STFU? Or was he simply telling him he played a great game? If we had to guess, the cryptic convo between LeBron and Lonzo was probably nothing. But don’t tell that to all of the NBA fans out there who went wild after witnessing LeBron and Lonzo’s post-game chat. They took to Twitter to guess what might have been said when the two players talked and sparked some hilarious memes in the process.
Once LeBron made his way back to the locker room, reporters asked him about his brief talk with Lonzo, and he didn’t do much to shut down the speculation that surrounded it. He started by saying, "None of y’all business," when he was asked what he said to Lonzo, and then he continued by downplaying the reaction it received.
"I don’t see the reaction because I don’t get involved in it," LeBron said. "I don’t do it to get a reaction. I do it because he’s said over and over since he was growing up who he modeled his game after, who was his favorite player. It was me. I was humbled by that. Me wishing him happy birthday [on Twitter] was kind of the salute back to him. I see all the stupid noise that happens. I can’t buy a place in L.A. I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it. When I post things, I don’t look at comments. I’m so far removed from the white noise, and the noise, it doesn’t matter."
Lonzo was also asked about what was said between him and LeBron, and like LeBron, he chose not to address it. Lonzo said he didn’t try to pitch LeBron on coming to the Lakers next season during his talk with him.
"Nah, I didn’t say nothing," Lonzo said.
For what it’s worth, Lonzo has already made a pitch to LeBron to try and get him to come to L.A. at some point in the near future. But for now, it doesn’t sound like LeBron or Lonzo are going to participate in all the speculation surrounding the future they may or may not have together. Not that that’s going to stop NBA fans from doing it. The Cavaliers and Lakers will play again in L.A. in March, and by that point, there will likely be even more rumors surrounding LeBron and Lonzo.