From the moment LeBron James agreed to sign a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last month, the expectation was that he would assume the role as leader of the team. After all, his resume spoke for itself. Given his history as a three-time NBA champion, four-time MVP, and 14-time All-Star, LeBron has developed the type of pedigree that could help guide a young core that includes the likes of Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma to the next level. However, LaVar Ball believes that despite James’ presence, the Lakers should still be considered Lonzo’s team.
During an appearance on The Cruz Show on Power 106 in Los Angeles, LaVar presented his paper-thin argument as to why the Lakers are still Lonzo’s team. "You can say what you want, but we know what it is," he said. "I told you, Lonzo didn’t go to Cleveland. LeBron came here to L.A. We already over here." Ball explained that his son couldn’t learn anything from LeBron, and vice versa.
That couldn’t be any further from the truth. When LeBron entered the league in 2003, the primary criticism of his game was that he was incapable of consistently knocking down jumpers. The same critique has already been made of Lonzo throughout his rookie campaign. Over time, though, James made opponents respect his ability from mid-range and downtown. Lonzo can become the best player he can be if he doesn’t buy into LaVar’s philosophy, and actually seeks out the help of The King as the rest of the team gets him acclimated to their... unique culture.
As for this belief that this team belongs to someone other than LeBron is ridiculous. Plain and simple. LaVar always wants to build his sons' self-esteem, but at some point, he needs to come to terms with reality. James is the best player on the planet. Of course he's the man on the Lake Show.