Many have been hard on Lonzo Ball since his being drafted by the Lakers in July.
His family, father in particular, have a knack for making headlines. Whether it be by some crazy, outlandish remark, or some interestingly arrogant remark, the train is always rolling when it comes to the Ball family.
Lonzo, despite being mid-way through his rookie season, finds himself in the middle of it all. While a lot of folks dish out negatices, one NBA superstar decided to come to his defense. And his name is LeBron James.
Here's what he said regarding the Laker point-guard, via ESPN:
"The kid hasn't said anything. It's been everybody else. So, I love his humility. He goes out, every time someone asks him a question, he says, 'This is not about me, man. I just want to win. I don't care about what I did.' I seen he had a triple-double one game and they lost. He was like, 'I don't care. We lost.'
LeBron went on to rave about his professionalism and even related to Lonzo's degree of hype entering the game.
"So, can I draw any parallel to my experience? I mean, of course. I guess when you're drafted to a franchise, they want you to kind of be the savior. And it takes a while. I mean, listen, man, this guy is 20-something games into his pro career. S--- doesn't happen that fast. Here it goes again, it goes back to my instant oatmeal [quote]: Everybody wants it right away. Can he play ball? Absolutely. The kid can play ball. Do guys want to play with him? Absolutely, because it's a guy who is not about him. It's about the success of the team. And he gives the ball up, and he passes the ball, and there's energy behind the ball."
Is there a higher degree of praise this Laker rookie could get?
As one of the greatets player to ever play, LeBron no doubt knows what Lonzo is feeling. The pressure is on him to ressurect the Lakers, and do it in a way that is loud and dominating. In the midst of it all, lies his outspoken Father, who always has a trail of critism behind his trail.
There's no telling how Lonzo will finish out his career. But as the world waits to see, we can at least recognize that he's got his head in the right place. LeBron surely does...