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Lonzo Ball speaks on playing with LeBron James - “Being able to share the court with him and learn from him was a time of my life I’ll never get back, I’ll never take for granted”

Ball finally appears to be finding his footing with the Chicago Bulls, and if he can make it back on the court this season, Chicago could end up being a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference.
Lonzo Ball and LeBron James

Lonzo Ball and LeBron James

Lonzo Ball struggled to truly find his fit during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing alongside a star like LeBron James, Ball could never figure out his role alongside him. It wasn’t surprising to see Ball eventually get traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade, where he stayed for two seasons before finding his way to the Chicago Bulls last season.

Lonzo Ball appreciates the time he spent playing alongside LeBron James

Ball’s tenure with the Lakers didn’t go as expected, as the second overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft only lasted two seasons in Los Angeles before getting dealt. Ball spent the first half of the 2021-22 season looking as good as he’s looked in his NBA career, and it wasn’t surprising to see Chicago fall apart when he was forced to miss the second half of the season with a left knee injury.

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Even though Ball’s tenure with L.A. didn’t go well, Ball still appreciates the experience he got playing alongside James. There’s a chance that without that time with James, Ball wouldn’t be excelling with the Bulls. When asked to reflect on playing with James, Ball offered nothing but praise for one of the NBA’s all-time legends.

“You know, being a Lakers fan growing up, watching all the greats, and then being able to put that jersey on was great. [LeBron] was my favorite player growing up. Being able to share the court with him and learn from him was a time of my life I’ll never get back, I’ll never take for granted.”

Lonzo Ball, CBS

Lonzo Ball’s time with the Lakers and LeBron may have been more beneficial than it initially seemed

As previously mentioned, Ball never could figure things out with the Lakers. He shot poorly from the floor and didn’t get the ball enough to make a true impact as a playmaker. But he started to find his way during the end of his time with the Pelicans, and Ball was an integral part of the Bulls to start last season.

Ball is still working his way back from his left knee injury woes, and it doesn’t sound like he will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season. That’s terrible news for the Bulls, who missed Ball’s playmaking contributions last season. If Ball can return at some point this season, Chicago could be a surprise contender in the Eastern Conference, and he may owe that to the time he spent with James in Los Angeles to start his career. 

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