When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft earlier this year, many fans believe this would be the start of something great for the franchise that has lacked a playoff run for the past four seasons.
However, Ball has exactly set the league alight with his performances in the first couple of games of the 2017-18 season, as, over the six games played so far, he has only averaged 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game.
The point guard knows that improvements to his game must be made, which is why he wants the blame to be pinned on him for the Lakers' 96-81 loss in Salt Lake City to the Utah Jazz on Saturday which saw the team fall to a 2-4 record on the season.
He said, according to ESPN: "Put this loss on me. We were coming back. Two dumb plays by me, and they got up."
"Definitely can improve a lot," Ball said of his play. "I think I had nine points and four assists. It's not enough when I am going like that."
After he was finished with talking to the media, Lonzo added emphasis to his comments on his Twitter account, sending out a warning which we have certainly seen pay off for another player in the NBA in the past.
He said: "If you not with us now don't be with us later... we gone figure it out 👌🏽"
This is all too reminiscent of Steph Curry's tweet from 2009 where he promised Golden State Warriors fans during his rookie season that they will figure things out. Sure enough, eight years and two championship titles later, they did. Curry also earned two MVP awards in that period as well.
It may have taken some time, but the Warriors did eventually figure things out, so you never know, the Lakers might be able to do exactly the same thing in a couple of seasons time. LaVar Ball has already compared his son to Curry on multiple occasions, so we'll just have to wait and see.