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Speaking with ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Wednesday, LeBron James came to the defense of the Los Angeles Lakers point guard and explained what he admires about Ball's character.

"The kid hasn't said anything", James told ESPN on Tuesday.

Ball has never met James, even though the future Hall of Famer sat courtside for one of his games at the Las Vegas Summer League and sent a tweet wishing him a happy birthday in November. His measured response is on par with how Ball responds to most situations in which he has to talk about himself.

Lakers vs Cavaliers is going to be a good game, and hopefully, it will be the first of many games between Ball and James.

PG Lonzo Ball vs PF LeBron James and PGs Jose Calderon and Dwyane Wade - One reason is the sheer novelty of a player 26 games into his National Basketball Association career facing a pair of veterans, one of which will be in the Hall of Fame in Wade, who have played 1,749 games between them.

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. "He could easily go out & try to go for 50 every night, but he's more focused on his team". Give me the Cavs to get the win but I'll take the Lakers with the handful of points. "He's going to push the ball and he's going to throw it ahead and if we jog back, then they'll make us pay with a lot of their guys that love to run the floor - (Kentavious) Caldwell-Pope, (Kyle) Kuzma, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and the rest of those guys". I just want to win.'"Listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career".

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be gunning for a third straight win after cruising past the Hawks in a 123-114 win on Tuesday. Do guys want to play with him?

Ball finished the team's 113-109 overtime loss with 17 points, six assists and eight rebounds in 40 minutes of play.

"I don't know what he's personally going through".

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.

Ball does not regularly talk with Walton and the coach has not addressed Ball's criticism directly. "I think he would prefer to make a game-winning assist than a game-winning bucket". I don't care if you're drafted 60 or you're drafted first.

Ball was asked if he ever tried to mold his game after James while growing up. I just had that drive.

"I was debating whether for defensive purposes to leave Brandon in and let him have that experience in Madison Square Garden and going back to JC for offense", Walton said.


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