The Lakers are already asking LaVar Ball to tone down his commentary

by Steven Clarke December 15, 2017, 3:12
The Lakers are already asking LaVar Ball to tone down his commentary

On Thursday, though, James and Ball will compete against each other for the first time when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said he likes how Ball has been poised throughout the season, and sees parallels between the attention Ball's gotten this season and the attention he's had his whole career. It's been everybody else. "It's my first time playing him, should be a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to it". I just want to win.'"Listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career". [It] doesn't happen [that fast]. Here it goes again, it goes back to my instant oatmeal (quote): Everybody wants it right away. Ball showed up on Nas' New York home turf for his game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden with a hoodie showing his face photoshopped on the rapper's venerated debut studio opus, Illmatic, replacing the actual photo from the album of Nas as a young child.

"He just plays the game the right way", Ball said. Do guys want to play with him? He wants to get you the bucket.

A Lakers insider said the main message to Ball was that they've tried to keep their relationship positive, while still allowing him to speak his mind, and they'd prefer he did the same. I know how to coach him.

This is just a guess, but I have a feeling this will not be the last time the Lakers executives feel the need to have a chat with LaVar Ball. "The first half I thought he was just kind of going through it, trying to just cruise his way through it maybe". Love finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland also set a franchise record by hitting at least ten 3-pointers for the 17th straight game. "I can't comment on anyone's situation because I'm not a part of it", James said.

For Frank Ntilikina the expectations are outsized in NY, trying to measure up to the skyscraper opposite Madison Square Garden on which his image was affixed before he had played a game.

Lonzo Ball was impressive in his MSG debut
Lonzo Ball was impressive in his MSG debut

"When you watch somebody when you're a kid", Ball said, "you try to implement pieces of their game into yours".

"I know how he is", Lonzo Ball said. I just had that drive. He probably can easily try and go for 50 every night, but he focuses on his team, tries to go for triple-doubles, gets guys involved.

It's a little surreal for Ball, who had James' poster on his wall growing up and who owned James jerseys from both Miami and Cleveland.

James has regularly praised Ball, who earlier this season eclipsed his record for the youngest player to log a triple-double.

"I have the same motivation going after every point guard in the league", Ntilikina said.

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