Lonzo Ball Is Adulting

When Lonzo Ball was just another spoiled kid who played basketball at an elite level in Southern California, his father manipulated the media with the sole intention of turning Lonzo Ball into a household name. It worked in a very real way. The LaVar media blitz pressured Magic Johnson into drafting Lonzo instead of De’Aaron…

Luke Walton Matters (Even In A LeBron James Universe)

Luke Walton has his share of detractors who take issue with his substitutions patterns, his seemingly indifference to LeBron James as the default coach, his teams pathetic free throw percentage, his placid expression coupled with his mediocre after timeout plays. Who has really developed under Luke Walton? Brandon Ingram hasn’t. Lonzo Ball hasn’t.   There…

Lonzo’s Adult Game

Today is Lonzo Ball’s 21st birthday. Legally he can drink in the state of California.  As a reward for his play in the absence of Rajon Rondo, Luke Walton is keeping Ball as the Lakers starting point guard and sending Rondo to the bench. Another birthday gift via his teammate LeBron James: he made the…

The Most Improved (Point Guard) Conundrum

This time last year, days before the NBA season was set to start, no one in Vegas or anywhere else penciled in Victor Oladipo as an All-Star and Most Improved Player awardee. Up to that point, Oladipo had been an above average shooting guard whose consistency ebbed and flowed. Playing next to Russell Westbrook  in…

The Lonzo Future Not On Solid Ground

The moment Rajon Rondo inked a deal to play with LeBron James was the moment Lonzo Ball’s Lakers future was in doubt. Rest assured, Rajon Rondo is going after that Lakers starting point guard position with everything he can muster. He will be Patrick Beverley and Tony Allen and Chris Paul all rolled into one.…

Still Feeling the D’Angelo Hangover

It’s almost been a year since D’Angelo Russell was traded. Immediately after the trade with Brooklyn, Magic Johnson couldn’t leave the Russell failure in its box. He had to talk about Russell’s lack of leadership as the reason for shipping him east. Magic was making the case, albeit in negative fashion, for drafting Lonzo Ball.…