“Lakers-Lonzo Ball-ball has arrived”
They the roll the ball out onto the floor tomorrow night…the ball for Lonzo Ball and his Lakers teammates to play win.
The Lakers unveil the much-awited debut of the UCLA one and done guard, whom many think is the next coming of Magic Johnson.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be in town to face the Lakers in a preseason game at the Staples Center.
Ball is coming off quite a week, of interviews, camera shoots, press conference, already anointed the next one, without having played a game yet in the NBA.
To me, a bit of a reach to already compare him to the last one, Earvin Johnson.
But when you are the Lakers, and you have strung together four horrid seasons in a row, you grasp on any shooting comet in the sky.
Yes Ball was named MVP in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Yes, he led UCLA to the NCAA tournament.
Yes, he is as gifted a passer as we have seen in ages.
Yes, he runs the floor, and has size, and can go rebound.
But now he starts playing against real players. The Timberwolves come to town with hot shooting Ricky Rubio. They have budding superstar Andrew Wiggins too.
While all eyes will be on Ball playing ball, the Lakers need to also see the growth of 18M free agent G-Kantavious Pope, whom they signed out of Detroit.
And there will be a sighting of young guns Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kouzma, another year of Julius Randle, and even NBA-D-League shooter Evander Blue.
It will be fascinating to see how well this very young team plays together.
The hype will be about Ball more than anything else.
On paper, this would be a pretty good team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Only time will tell what kind of team it will be in the NBA.
Ball-ball, and his father LaVar, about to descend in Tinseltown.