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Lakers’ Luke Walton Told Lonzo Ball That He’d Be ‘one of the best point guards’ In The League

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton had some very high praise for Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and his future in the league.

In fact, Walton believes that Ball will develop into one of the best, if not the best guard in the league.

 “Well he’s been shooting the lights out at practice the last week or so, and I told him before the game,” Walton said when asked about Ball.
“I said, ‘Zo, you’re going to be one of the best point guards in this league, you are. Embrace this challenge if you’re open and it’s in rhythm.’ I thought most of them tonight were in rhythm.

“One maybe two where he kind off…they went under…he hadn’t dribbled, and he just shot it. Those are ones we don’t want, but any other three, if it’s in rhythm and he’s got a bounce to it, let it fly. I think when he saw that one go in, it built some confidence.

Those are shots we want him taking; we need him taking. It was nice to see, obviously, multiple threes go in for him in the game, but he’s been shooting like that and putting the work in after practice, so it didn’t surprise me. I was just happy for him.”

Ball has certainly had an up-and-down rookie season but the Lakers, along with Walton, believe that the sky is the limit for him.

Ball is averaging 9.0 points, 7.2 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game so far this season.

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Lakers’ LeBron James Talks Preseason Debut

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James made his debut with his new team after signing with the Lakers this summer, and although he only played 15 minutes, he had enough time to soak in his new situation.

“I played a little bit more than expected actually and I felt pretty good,” James said of his debut.

“It was great to get back on the floor, start a new journey for myself. Hear the Lakers fans we have here in San Diego was a great feeling to go out there and hear the roar from the fans here, so very much appreciated.”

James received a huge ovation from Laker fans as he was announced in the starting lineup, and poured in 9 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

“It always feels different for me anytime you change uniforms,” James said. “Felt different when I changed from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s jersey to a Cavs jersey from a Cavs jersey to a Heat jersey back to a Cavs jersey and now being a Laker.”

“It definitely feels different. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get used to” James continued.

James also shared his impressions of teammate Brandon Ingram.

“I find rhythm with anybody that is very energetic offensively, and that’s a guy who moves without the ball, and my first assist was to him,” James said. “They just move it on the weak side, and I was able to deliver a pass to him.”

 

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Sixers, Lakers Interested In Jamal Crawford

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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in bringing in veteran free agent guard Jamal Crawford, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears during an appearance on ESPN’s ‘The Jump’.

The Golden State Warriors are also interested in Crawford, but if Patrick McCaw re-signs, there won’t be an available roster space.

Crawford, 38, reportedly isn’t close to making a decision on which team he wants to play for next season, but has stated in the past that he would like to play for the 76ers.

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Byron Scott Says Lakers Fans Need to Stop Hating On LeBron James

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Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach, and player, Byron Scott had some advice for Lakers fans who can’t stop hating on their newest player, superstar forward LeBron James, who was signed to a lucrative deal this offseason, telling them to stop the hate.

“I bleed purple and gold – that’s my heart,” Scott said, during an interview with The Score’s Christopher Carson. “I’ve been with that organization for so many years. Magic Johnson is a close friend of mine and I was so excited for him and Jeanie Buss. I was extremely excited for them to get the best player in basketball to come to Los Angeles. Obviously, it has given a lot of energy to Los Angeles.”

“A lot of people are excited and you got some people that are haters,” Scott continued. “That’s everywhere you go and LeBron has dealt with that his entire career. But I tell the people of Los Angeles that if you want to win, wouldn’t you want the best player in the league on your team? Don’t hate on LeBron James. Congratulate this man that he went there and chose that organization for probably his last stop.”

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