Lakers nation is back - because of Lonzo Ball.
Lonzo's had a target on his back since being drafted #2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Why? His father, Lavar Ball - duh. Lavar's crazy antics and persona have resulted with the media swarming his son Lonzo during the NBA summer league.
This has led to two things: Lonzo haters and Lonzo lovers.
The haters consist mostly of those who spite Lavar Ball, and therefore hope to see Lonzo struggle during his transition into NBA stardom. The Sixers big man, Joel Embid, is the perfect example of the Lavar created Lonzo hater...
However, not everyone is on the Lonzo hate train. Many NBA players are backing the Lakers franchise point guard...
Yes, even Steph Curry sent the kid a pair of kicks to rock on the court. Not a bad welcoming NBA gift/message if I say so myself. If the Chef approves, you're doing something right.
One thing's for sure: Lonzo doesn't care about the haters or the lovers, he's only concerned about doin' work.
He's had an eye opening impact on the city of Los Angeles so far. The Kobe era has passed, and we have officially entered the 'Ball era' - and Magic Johnson couldn't be more thrilled.
How excited should Lakers fans be for the 'Ball era'? Just take a look at where he ranks with the NBA's best...
Not bad right? If those numbers weren't convincing enough, maybe these will be. During the NBA Summer League, Lebron James averaged 15.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Dwayne Wade averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists. James Harden averaged 14.5 points, 3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Lonzo Ball's numbers are better in every single category.
Here's where he ranks with the all-time Vegas greats...
And, check this out... Sorry LeBron.
Despite all his success, and the media image his father has created, Lonzo is a class act. He has unbelievable talent but what's more impressive is how humble the kid is. He has professional post-game maturity. He gives credit to the team. He is more focused on the success of his squad than his own stats. He is nothing like his dad when it comes to the media, and because he is his father's son - he's misunderstood.
See for yourself, here's an interview after his 36 point performance.
He's proved the doubters wrong with his performance and he's shown he's much different than his father in the media world. So what's next for Lonzo and the Lakers?
According to former NBA player, coach and current broadcaster, Mark Jackson, Lonzo is here to stay.
Wait, we're talking about the Hall of Fame after a few NBA summer league games? Those are some pretty high expectations for the kid from Chino Hills. Can he fulfill them? To be determined.
One thing is for sure: He's pretty good, and misunderstood.