LaVar Ball Predicts LeBron James Will Join Lakers, Can't Teach Lonzo 'Nothing'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, tries to get past Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LaVar Ball appeared on Big Boy's Neighborhood on Thursday and predicted that LeBron James will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and join forces with his son, Lonzo Ball.  

Beginning at the 9:24 mark of the following video, LaVar discussed the possibility of LeBron jumping ship from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Lakers:

When asked if he thinks James will sign in L.A., Ball said, "I don't feel like it, I know he is. I already told you to call him L.A. Bron."

LaVar then said that James wouldn't be able to teach Lonzo anything if he joins the Lakers because the Ball family patriarch has already taught his son "everything."

LaVar added that Lonzo "knows the game" and "knows how to play."

Although LaVar doesn't think the NBA's best player can teach his son anything, he does believe Lonzo can make King James better.

"Whoever's on the team, he's going to make them better," LaVar said.

He then said Lonzo deserved credit for Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle all having career years in 2017-18.

After the Lakers selected Ball with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, he had an up-and-down rookie season. He averaged 10.2 points on 36.0 percent shooting, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game in his 52 appearances.

By comparison, James put up 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game this past season. He also led the Cavs to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

All told, LeBron has appeared in each of the past eight Finals.

In March, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer listed the Lakers, Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers as teams James would entertain signing with this offseason.

James already has a home in L.A., and signing with the Lakers would allow him to play with a host of up-and-coming players, including Ball, Kuzma, Ingram and potentially Randle if the latter re-signs as a restricted free agent.

The Lakers haven't reached the playoffs since 2012-13, though, and there may be more ready-made situations available to LeBron in terms of contending for championships immediately.

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