LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers are worlds apart when it comes to the spectrum of an NBA player. One is an established player and one of the best the league has ever seen, while the other is a rookie looking to live up to his hype.
Many believe Lonzo could be the next great player in the NBA, and many are intrigued by how far he can take the Lakers this season, potentially taking them back to the promise land of the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
However, not everyone has been so warming towards the rookie in his first couple of games, as Patrick Beverley made his NBA debut on opening night between the Clippers and the Lakers difficult, while Washington’s John Wall tried very hard to make his life miserable when they played the Wizards earlier this week.
Everybody deserves a break on their birthday though, and that's exactly what today is for Ball, as the point guard turns 20-years-old today. James has recognized the Lakers youngster's talents and decided to send him a special message on his birthday.
In his message, the Cavaliers star played on his own nickname, the King, when he addressed Lonzo, calling him a "young king."
He said: "Happy Gday young 👑King @ZO2_! Live it up on your day! #LiveLaughLove #StriveForGreatness🚀"
Despite the troubles LeBron might have had with Lonzo's father, LaVar Ball, with some of the statements he made about him over the summer, it's good that he's able to look beyond that and recognize Lonzo as an individual with great potential in the NBA.
Ultimately though, the two could end up as teammates, as it has been widely speculated for some time now that if James was to opt out of his player option with the Cavaliers in the summer of 2018, a likely destination for him could be the Lakers.
That's a big 'if' though as not only does LeBron have to opt out of his contract with Cleveland, but Los Angeles has to want him as well. He wouldn't have a problem finding a team if he does hit free agency, but finding a team he wants to play for that also want him could be a bit tricky.
Nevertheless, this isn't going to stop him from building a relationship with someone that could be a future teammate.