Last night, the Cavs and Lakers squared up in the first matchup between LeBron James and Lonzo Ball. Lonzo’s dad LaVar started a little beef with LeBron last year ending with LeBron getting heated that LaVar brought his sons into the disagreement, so everyone was hype to see what kind of interaction we’d get between the two.
But Lonzo himself has been full of praise for LeBron, he said back in November that LeBron was his favorite player and was his generation’s Michael Jordan.
After the Cavs’ 121-112 victory, Lonzo, who put up 13 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds, raved about playing against LeBron for the first time:
“Watching him doesn’t do him justice. It’s very hard to stop him with that size, that speed. That’s why I say he’s the best player in the world right now, and it’s hard to deal with.”
LeBron dropped a very light 25, 12, and 12, tying Larry Bird with 59 career triple-doubles, it makes sense that Lonzo was in awe of The King’s performance.
But all the headlines and reaction after the game centered around a little post-game exchange between LeBron and Lonzo.
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) December 15, 2017
Like a true veteran, LeBron covered his mouth with his jersey so no lip-readers could decipher his message to Lonzo but #NBATwitter had all the answers… or at least theories.
[rubs hands together] bring on the theories pic.twitter.com/S1BdufGHAU
— nicole bae (@nicjbae) December 15, 2017
Some took an earnest approach
Only LeBron James knows what it’s like to be as hyped up as Lonzo Ball. Classy move offering up wisdom and encouragement. But it stays between them. pic.twitter.com/6ZtNIpnQvd
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) December 15, 2017
LeBron and Lonzo exchange words,
Imagine what this is like for Lonzo. Playing against his childhood hero and now he is getting some advice from the 2nd best player of all-time. pic.twitter.com/bxVQHWBXAh
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 15, 2017
Who has more knowledge to drop than The King?
LeBron really takes time out to encourage these young brothers.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 15, 2017
LeBron to LA though?
— magic4519 (@chandler4519) December 15, 2017
WE NEED ANSWERS
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) December 15, 2017
LeBron knows exactly what he’s doing
“This is going to be a meme in less than 30 minutes. Look like you’re saying something interesting.” pic.twitter.com/eVArG3ZRi6
— Paolo Uggetti (@PaoloUggetti) December 15, 2017
WHERE MY ZO2’s AT?
“Aye man, I ordered my shoes in August and they still ain’t shipped yet.” pic.twitter.com/dnpvI7c8E7
— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) December 15, 2017
When LeBron was asked about his message for Lonzo he told reporters, “None of y’all business.”
Bron then spoke about the speculation over a possible move to the West Coast next summer and how he took time to talk to Lonzo because of the Lakers point guard’s past comments about how he modeled his game after LeBron:
“I don’t see the reaction because I don’t get involved in it. I don’t do it to get a reaction. I do it because he’s said over and over since he was growing up who he modeled his game after, who was his favorite player. It was me. I was humbled by that. Me wishing him happy birthday [on Twitter] was kind of the salute back to him. I see all the stupid noise that happens. I can’t buy a place in L.A. I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it. When I post things, I don’t look at comments. I’m so far removed from the white noise, and the noise, it doesn’t matter.”
Shoutout LeBron for always passing along knowledge, despite the fact that Lonzo’s own dad has tried to start beef between the two.
LeBron, and perhaps only LeBron, knows the kind of pressure Lonzo is under and to see him offer a word or two of encouragement or advice is pretty cool.