Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been chiming in on the league’s rookie point guards over the last few days and Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers is next up on his queue.
“I think he’s going to be a really, really good point guard in our league, probably a great point guard if he continues to work on his craft, which it seems like he does. They got a good one,” James told ESPN.
His praise comes after Ball broke James’ record by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he did so against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Ball beat James’ record by five days, doing so at age 20 and 15 days old.
There has also been the incessant offseason speculation concerning James and his possible free agency looming after the year and whether or not he would want to team up with Ball in Los Angeles.
Ball took the praise from James and plans on using it as motivation.
“Personally, LeBron, if he says that it’s like an honor. So I’m gonna work and keep trying to get better every day,” Ball said.
Despite setting triple-double history, Ball is off to a shaky shooting start in his rookie year, knocking down just 31.4 percent of his shots from the field overall and 25 percent from 3-point range through his first 13 games.
He remains a triple-double threat on a nightly basis, averaging 9.7 points, 7.4 assists, and 6.8 rebounds heading into Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
The Lakers and Ball meet the Cavaliers and James for the first time on Dec. 14 in Ohio.