Lonzo Ball and LeBron James played together for only one season with the Lakers together, however that was enough time for them to build a strong relationship and respect towards each other. For a young player like Lonzo, it’s definitely helpful to have someone like James on the same team for guidance and showing the best practices to survive in the league as long as possible.
In a recent podcast with Rick Croy, Lonzo Ball said he took the opportunity of playing with James to absorb as much knowledge he can. He said LeBron was very open to mentoring him as much as he could and had good intentions in teaching Ball based on his experience playing in the league for 16 years now.
“The person who’s mentored me the most in the last year is probably LeBron. Just being with him pretty much the whole year: same team, same bus, same hotel. I was just always with him and just picking up what I can from the greatest to ever play.”
Unfortunately for Ball, he will no longer share a locker room with James, however, he will be playing for a young but very talented team in New Orleans. Hopefully, one year was enough time he spent with James to use everything he learned on a new team with a fresh start and excel his game to another level.