When friend of the site and video producer extraordinaire LD2K comes out of “retirement” to drop a Lonzo Ball gem, of course I’m going to show it some love here at FB&G. Happy to present – The Ball Prophecy: Rise of the Lakers:
While the hype surrounding Ball swirls — Magic Johnson was in full force at Ball’s introductory presser on Friday — I’m more on the Luke Walton side of “I’d like to see Lonzo lead us to a couple of summer league wins first”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the Lonzo era to begin. I don’t need to remind you about how good I think he’ll be or how I think he fits on the team.
There is a long way to go, though. And while I think he has the skill set, game, and personality type to be a cornerstone player for years to come, he will need to continue to grow his own game too (not to mention, have his fellow youngsters do the same and have the front office follow through on what they’re saying about bringing in max free agents) if the team is going to take the next steps needed to become a contending team.
In saying all that, though, I’d be lying if I wasn’t super excited about getting to see this kid develop and grow while bringing his style of play to the Lakers. We all have our preferences of how we like to see the game played and it just so happens that Ball’s approach mirrors exactly what I like to see. Summer league can’t get here fast enough.