Lebron, Lonzo take the floor to­gether for first time

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

LEBRON James watched Lonzo Ball play in Las Ve­gas dur­ing the 2017 NBA Sum­mer League, tak­ing in a Los An­ge­les Lak­ers’ game from a base­line seat as a spec­ta­tor.

He was get­ting a bet­ter view Wed­nes­day.

James and Ball were on-court team­mates for the first time when the Lak­ers and the Golden State War­riors squared off in Las Ve­gas to high­light Wed­nes­day’s preseason slate. Ball didn’t start, but checked into the game in place of Ra­jon Rondo just 2 min­utes, 13 sec­onds into the game.

“It’s just fun to have our full group,” James said.

The plan was for nei­ther James nor Ball to play that much, es­pe­cially since Ball — who has been re­cov­er­ing from a knee is­sue — had not yet ap­peared in this preseason. And James didn’t want to bur­den his new point guard with a lot of ex­pec­ta­tions, so he was keep­ing his ap­proach for Wed­nes­day very sim­ple.

“He plays bas­ket­ball,” James said of Ball be­fore the game. “He knows how to play bas­ket­ball.”

It was the first time James was fac­ing the War­riors since last sea­son’s NBA Fi­nals — when his sec­ond stint as a mem­ber of the Cleve­land Cava­liers ended with Golden State sweep­ing its way to a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive cham­pi­onship.

But he down­played this be­ing any ex­ten­sion of his ri­valry with the War­riors, or the ri­valry be­tween Cal­i­for­nia clubs. “Preseason game,” James said.

Photo: AP

In this Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2, 2018, file photo, Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward Lebron James, left, dunks as Den­ver Nuggets for­ward Paul Mill­sap, cen­ter, and guard Monte Mor­ris watch dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Los An­ge­les.

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