Various media outlets have been speculating that LeBron James will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Los Angeles Lakers during this summer. Naturally, LaVar Ball, who is the father of Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and a perpetual hot take machine, had some thoughts on the matter.
“Who said it was a rumor, didn’t I tell you he was coming in?” Ball asked a TMZ reporter when questioned about rumors of James possibly joining his son with the Lakers.
In the TMZ video, which you can view above, Ball was then asked about the possibility of James making his son a better player.
“Lonzo will make him a better player,” Ball said. “How about that?”
The elder Ball didn’t go into detail about exactly how someone who once put up the fifth-worst rookie shooting percentage in nearly 40 years would make a four-time regular season MVP and three-time NBA champion better. This might also be a good time for LaVar to remember talking about LeBron and his family hasn’t worked out well.
The nonstop rumors of LeBron relocating to Los Angeles intensified when the Lakers cleared enough salary cap space to potentially sign James and another max-salaried player by trading Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers. LeBron also has a mansion in Brentwood and a production company based in Los Angeles. Those who believe James will ultimately be a Laker also point to the reportedly icy relationship between him LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
Prior to the NBA All-Star Weekend break, James called rumors of him joining the Warriors and other teams a “non-story.”
“I think it’s a discredit to what I’m trying to do here,” James told reporters, during a media availability session covered by NBA.com. “It's a discredit to my teammates and the coaching staff here. My only focus right now is trying to figure out how we can become a championship-caliber team in these next few months.”