It's easy to see why Lonzo Ball might have been disappointed to learn he was shipped out of Los Angeles. The former Lakers player calls Southern California home and was touted as the potential future of the franchise. However, Ball isn't sweating his part in the Anthony Davis trade. He told ESPN that he was excited to start over in New Orleans.
"I was kind of excited, honestly. I kind of figured someone was going to get moved soon enough," he said. "I knew Anthony Davis wanted to come bad. Anytime you can get a guy like that, you are going to have to do what you have to do to get him. So I was kind of already just waiting for it, honestly, and I was happy to go with two guys I am comfortable with in B.I. [Brandon Ingram] and JHart [Josh Hart]. I am excited to see what we can do."
Ball said his perspective on trades and the business of the NBA has changed after several seasons in the league.
“I tell people when I was a rookie, I probably would have been sad. Just being from L.A., having my whole family here and wanting to be a Laker," he said. "But being in the league for two years, knowing it’s a business, as long you get to play, that’s a blessing in itself. I’m excited to get started."
Ball's initial reaction to the trade was characteristically mellow. He danced around the news that he was traded in a clip discussing the move to play with Zion.
It seems like no matter how you look at it, Lonzo is ready for a new start.