Rondo: ‘I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible’

After the signing of LeBron James, there’s an energy with the Lakers that we have not seen in a long time. Along the way, there will be many storylines to follow with the Lakers as the 2018-19 season approaches.

One of those many storylines is the point guard battle between the incumbent, Lonzo Ball and the challenger, Rajon Rondo, who was signed by the Lakers this summer. Ball, 20, is expected to be the starter, but according to Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, there would be an open competition for all positions except for whatever position LeBron James plays, so it should be interesting to see how that plays out.

According to Rondo, 32, he will do whatever he asks to do in Los Angeles, which includes helping with the development of Ball.

“Whatever they ask me, my main objective is to win. I’m ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible,” Rondo told TMZ Sports. “If I’m not starting and he’s starting, he’s going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we’ll be ready to roll.”

When asked if Ball could be the next Rondo, the four-time All-Star had this to say:

“He’s himself. We’re all individuals. He’s his own person. I’m pretty sure he wants to be better than me as he should at a young age. He has a lot of talent,” Rondo said.

The Rondo, Ball dynamic could get very interesting, especially if Rondo is outplaying Ball. Magic Johnson has been on record as saying he was hoping to find a mentor for Ball, and if everything goes as planned, Rondo could be that guy. Rondo and Ball have a similar skill set, so maybe Rondo can help Ball get to the next level.

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John Salley talks Magic-Isiah feud(watch)

On Tuesday, we saw Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile after many years of tension. The two Hall of Famers discussed their beef and ultimately hugged it out at the end on NBA TV’s Players Only Monthly. Before their feud, Johnson and Thomas were the best of friends.

Former Piston John Salley, who played with Thomas in Detroit, gave his thoughts on the Magic-Isiah feud.

Salley told TMZ Sports some interesting things about this dispute.

Take a listen:

LaVar Ball: ‘Magic won in his first year as a rookie. That’s what Lonzo’s going to do. It took Jordan seven years’

Things are falling into place for LaVar Ball. From the beginning, he wanted Lonzo Ball to go to the Lakers. With the way things are going, Ball probably will be a Laker on Thursday night.

We all know LaVar likes to talk; he did a lot of talking to GQ Magazine. In the latest issue of the magazine, Ball had this to say about Lonzo and the Lakers:

“And don’t think he going to the NBA and be happy to be there. He’s going to murder people. I think he’ll be a Laker. The only dude who can talk to him is Magic. He’s going to put his arm around him and talk to him. Magic won in his first year—as a rookie. That’s what Lonzo’s going to do. It took Jordan seven years.”

Magic Johnson won a championship as a rookie. It took Jordan seven years to get a ring. Is LaVar saying that the Lakers will win a title next year?

You be the judge!

LaVar Ball on Lonzo: ‘Everybody knows he gonna be a Laker’

For months, LaVar Ball has been saying that his son Lonzo Ball will be a Laker.  Based off reports, that have Lonzo Ball going to the Lakers, it seems LaVar just might have been right.

“Everybody knows he(Lonzo) gonna be a Laker,” LaVar told TMZ Sports on Monday.

Things are looking up in Lakerland. Magic Johnson is running the show; Paul George could be on his way at some point, and they might have found their point guard of the future in Ball.

We’ll see if LaVar was right all along come Thursday night.

 

Report: Paul George to leave Pacers at end of 2017-18 season; Indiana looking to trade George

Paul George told the Indiana Pacers that he will opt out of his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season, and become a free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.  George, who reportedly would like to play for the Lakers, told the Pacers he would leave the team in the summer of 2018, according to the report.

While George has not requested a trade, the Pacers have reached out to the Cavaliers and other teams to gauge their interest in George, according to Wojnarowski. Obviously, based off what we saw in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavs could use the services of George, then again, a lot of teams could use a Paul George. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Pacers are going to move fast in terms of trying to deal George.

Being that the Southern California native will test free agency in the summer of 2018, it becomes a gamble for any team to trade for him, especially if George has a big time interest in the Lakers. However, if a team trades for George, and he likes that situation, maybe a team could convince him to stay.

The 27-year-old George could possibly change the balance of power in the NBA, particularly if he goes to a contender.

Robert Horry on Lonzo Ball: ‘He’s not Magic Johnson’

After the NBA Draft Lottery, where the Lakers got the number two pick in the draft, many thought that Lonzo Ball would be headed to the Lakers. Now, based off various reports, you wonder if Ball to the Lakers will happen.

UCLA broadcaster and former NBA player Tracy Murray favorably compared Ball to Magic Johnson. However, former Lakers star Robert Horry feels differently. Horry gave TMZ Sports his thoughts on Ball. When asked if he felt Ball could bring the Lakers back to prominence, Horry had this to say:

“He’s not Magic Johnson. Only Magic can do that, so, he’s no Kobe Bryant,” Horry said.

Horry does believe that Ball should work out for other NBA teams.

With all indications that Markelle Fultz is going to Philly, it looks like Ball will be there for the Lakers at two.  Ball to the Lakers just makes too much sense.  He is everything the Lakers need on and off the court. His style of play seems to fit with what the Lakers are trying to do in terms of pace; He will bring fans to the Staples Center, and give the team a buzz that it has not had in years.

I don’t see Magic passing on Ball, but anything is possible.

 

 

UCLA broadcaster and former NBA player Tracy Murray on Lonzo Ball: ‘He’s like Magic Johnson’

Earlier this week, Lonzo Ball worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers hold the second pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Many have compared Ball to Lakers great Magic Johnson.  Did Magic Johnson see himself during Ball’s workout with the team? According to former NBA star, and current color commentator for the radio broadcast of UCLA basketball Tracy Murray, maybe Magic did see a little of himself during that workout.

“If you guys are expecting him to go get 25, 30 points a game that’s not going to happen. He may get it every now and then, but he’s the type of guy, he’s like a Magic Johnson, man,” Murray told Paul Gant.

“He’s going to make everybody else on his team better. He rather win the game, than to be the guy that goes out and gets 30 a game and lose. He’s a total team guy first, and I think that’s valuable. Especially in this day and age to value the team first, put them first in a “me society” where everybody is trying to get paid. He’s going to get his money because he’s going to win championships because he’s making everybody else better,” Murray said.

Murray expects Lonzo Ball to impact the game in many different ways on the next level:

“I expect big things, and people are going to look at it like, ‘man, he’s only averaging like 15 points a game, what’s the big deal?’ That’s not the big deal. It’s 15, 10 or 11 assists, seven, eight rebound, couple steals, and you win. That’s the big deal.”

When asked if teams should worry about Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar, Murray had this to say:

“No, because he didn’t get in the way of what UCLA was doing, so expect him not to get in the way of whatever a NBA team is doing,” Murray said.  

Murray does have one concern when it comes to LaVar Ball:

“The only thing you have to worry about with LaVar Ball is going on these shows and talking. That’s what you’re going to see out of him. If there’s a question that’s going to be asked of him, and maybe things are not going as well as it should. He’s going to point it out. He’s not going to sugarcoat it,” Murray said. “Now, that’s the only thing you gotta to worry about with LaVar Ball, but you’re not going to have to worry about him coming in the office and say, ‘look you need to this with my son, we going to do this, we going to do that.’ Yes, he talks that on-air, but he’s never interfered with UCLA basketball in that manner, and I don’t think he’ll do it on the NBA level.”

Based on what Murray is saying, Lonzo Ball is a franchise caliber player. Should be interesting to see if Magic Johnson believes Lonzo Ball is Magic Johnson come draft day!

Lonzo Ball wears Adidas for his workout with Lakers.

Lonzo Ball decided not to wear his signature show the ZO2 during his workout for the Lakers today. What shoes did he wear? He wore Harden Vol. 1 adidas.

Does he not like his own shoe?

Magic Johnson believes his “Showtime” Lakers would sweep the current Warriors

Magic Johnson is a very confident man. Also, he is very confident in his “Showtime” Lakers of the 80s. Magic believes that his Lakers would sweep the current Golden State Warriors. While those the Lakers of the 80s could possibly beat this current Warriors team, I don’t think it would be a sweep.

Listen to what Magic had to say:

Magic Johnson on LaVar Ball: ‘The Kardashians, we did not say the mom was bad’

Magic Johnson gave his support to LaVar Ball, and some of things he has done. Magic gave his thoughts on LaVar Ball to ESPN Radio’s Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin :

The Kardashians, we didn’t say the mom was bad, and she made them a lot of money, right? She bragged on her daughters. I think it’s the same here. He’s just saying, hey, my son is great, and there’s nothing bad with that. So, we’re not looking for LaVar to be a problem, if we’re blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo. Again, we don’t know at this time if we’re going to do that or not, but I will say, you have to give the father a lot of credit for being in not just Lonzo’s life, but the other two sons as well. I’m happy that a father goes around and hey, says great things about his son. And also, two, it hasn’t bothered Lonzo, so that’s what we really have to look at.”

The more I hear Magic Johnson talk, the more I think Lonzo Ball won’t go past number two in the 2017 NBA Draft. However, maybe it’s a smoke screen. We’ll find out June 22.