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LeBron James can relate to Lonzo Ball

The Sports Post logo The Sports Post 12/13/2017 TSP Staff

LeBron James has thoughts on Lonzo Ball. © Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James has thoughts on Lonzo Ball. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is one of the most-hyped rookies in recent memory. In fact, perhaps the last rookie with this much hype surrounding him was LeBron James.

So, the king knows how he feels.

The kid hasn’t said anything. It’s been everybody else. So, I love his humility. He goes out, every time someone asks him a question, he says, ‘This is not about me, man. I just want to win. I don’t care about what I did.’ I seen he had a triple-double one game and they lost. He was like, ‘I don’t care. We lost.’

But that’s just the start. LeBron knows all about the pressure. Moreover, he knows all about expectations.

So, can I draw any parallel to my experience? I mean, of course. I guess when you’re drafted to a franchise, they want you to kind of be the savior. And it takes a while. I mean, listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career. S*** doesn’t happen [that fast]. Here it goes again, it goes back to my instant oatmeal [quote]: Everybody wants it right away. Can he play ball? Absolutely. The kid can play ball. Do guys want to play with him? Absolutely, because it’s a guy who is not about him. It’s about the success of the team. And he gives the ball up, and he passes the ball, and there’s energy behind the ball.

Meanwhile, Lonzo continues to navigate through an interesting rookie season. His shot isn’t coming along, but everything else is—more or less. But that doesn’t mean everyone is willing to be patient.

And LeBron certainly knows all about that.

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