LaVar Ball firmly thinks his son will be the flawless sidekick to the newest Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James. Succeeding with the Lakers is something different, according to numerous men who have worn this gold jersey.
But at the same time, no one - not LeBron, nor the Lakers' front office - is unaware of their lack of shooting, and they could make moves to address that problem.
On HBO, SpringHill premieres the documentary "Student Athlete" in October and has a doc about Muhammad Ali still to come, and at Netflix, James' company is working with rap star Drake to adapt the United Kingdom crime series "Top Boy" for 2019. Elgin Baylor was here. As for calling Jordan the greatest, Ball said, "Right now you've got to say Michael, until LeBron wins somewhere else, which is at the Lakers". It's his turn now.
Whereas Irving was an established star when James returned to the Cavs in 2014, Ball is coming off a rookie season in which he showed some of the all-around skills that made him the No. 2 overall pick but didn't exactly take the National Basketball Association by storm.
And with innumerable variables still to be settled before the regular season, it's impossible to predict what James will be able to accomplish with a revamped Lakers roster.
But all of those acquisitions were "the rollout" of a plan that Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson pitched to James the night before LeBron agreed to sign with L.A., ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday, citing multiple sources.
Given Durant plays for the best team in the league and has won the title in the last two years, his decision to remain with Golden State is perfectly understandable-particularly as he could still hit free agency next season after signing a new deal.
While Oklahoma was meant to be an intermediate stop on the way to Los Angeles, George played his cards to perfection and on Sunday signed a new four-year deal with the franchise.
The co-hosts also consider the Lakers' other free-agent signings-from Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee-and how the team is positioned to make moves going forward.
Additionally, with Kawhi Leonard potentially available in trade discussions during the upcoming season, it benefits the Lakers to showcase Ball as much as possible and increase his potential value in trade discussions.
In Los Angeles, there's a mural of Bryant, who retired in 2016, on Melrose Avenue. The Lakers are steaming toward a new future, with little tying them to the lamentable recent past. The Lakers may not win the championship this year but they will be challenging the (overpowered) Warriors who now have 5 All-Stars in their team after signing DeMarcus Cousins from the Pelicans. Although he spent his entire career with LA, Magic knows the magnitude of the Lakers' lure.