Lakers teammates Lonzo Ball, LeBron James connive for long alley-oop play

Laverne Mann
November 11, 2018

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LeBron James' arrival in Hollywood came with the expectation of being harnessed more as an off-the-ball threat, thanks to the Los Angeles Lakers' bevy of playmakers led by Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo. Having power on the court and off it is one of the few perks that comes with being the best player alive and James has consistently found a way to maximize it.

The Lakers went into the day unsure if starting point guard Lonzo Ball would play after turning his ankle in practice, but he made a decision to give it a go and square off with college rival De'Aaron Fox, who has had a nice start to the season in Sacramento.

The Kings will be on the second night of a back to back for just the second time this season and will face off with the Brandon Ingram-led Lakers. The only problem was that Chandler was under contract with the Phoenix Suns. Jones may have been a secret part of LeBron's "master plan" to bring Chandler to Los Angeles. But there is no doubt an additional big man would provide some much needed depth as they have been trying to break out of their early-season slump.

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It's no coincidence that the facilitator was Suns vice president of basketball operations James Jones, a close friend and longtime teammate of James.

"They could have bought him out at the trade deadline and gotten great leadership and mentoring for two-thirds of the season", a rival executive told B/R.

With the Lakers, his impact has been emphasized even further, which was apparent when LA went out and snagged a plethora of solid veterans in free agency. "But LeBron wanted him now".

James led the Lakers with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists to finish just a dish shy of his 75th triple-double while Kuzma drained 6 of his 21 points in the final minute to help the Lakers stay afloat.

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