It didn’t take very long.
Lonzo Ball undoubtedly made a large number of Los Angeles Lakers fans upset with a controversial statement.
After being selected second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Lakers, the gifted point guard was asked a very simple, yet debatable question: LeBron or Kobe?
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To cut him some slack, the question is pretty much impossible to answer and has no defined right or wrong response associated with it. Considering that Ball has been an outspoken fan of LeBron throughout his life, would he take his favorite player or show loyalty to his team that he grew up rooting for?
Check out his surprising response below:
"My favorite player was LeBron growing up, but [Jordan] does have a point. Championships do mean a lot," Ball said. "It's tough -- I'm a Laker, I wanna go with Kobe, but I've been saying LeBron my whole life so I'm gonna go with LeBron.”
The question comes at the heels of Michael Jordan’s recent comment that he’d still rank Kobe ahead of LeBron based solely on the fact that Bryant won five NBA championships while LeBron has just three rings so far.
"Would I rank LeBron over Kobe? In terms of best of all time? No," Jordan told a bunch of his “Flight School” campers on Monday. "There's something about five that beats three. ... Kobe won five championships. LeBron won three -- although he's been to seven [straight] Finals.”
James is a completely different player than Bryant was, thus making a “better than” argument especially difficult. However, it was fascinating to hear that Ball, who showed off his LeBron-like triple-double abilities in Summer League ball, decided to side with his favorite player instead of perhaps the best Laker of all-time.
Ball’s infatuation with King James was obvious when he reportedly began the process of pitching LeBron James to join the Lakers before he was even drafted by the team. On an appearance on ESPN’s “SC6”, Ball even detailed how he and James would complement each other on the court, if given the opportunity, essentially saying it would be a dream come true.
Lakers fans will be quick to forgive him for not picking Kobe if he resembles either of the two legends, but especially if he somehow convinces LeBron to join the purple and gold next summer.