The Los Angeles Lakers have had a dream off season so far as they signed the world’s greatest player in LeBron James. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and Lakers’ General Manager Rob Pelinka got the deal done as Johnson secured James' services after a three hour conversation at James’ home in LA.
Now that the former Cavalier will pull on the purple and gold this upcoming campaign, it has rekindled old debates and created new ones in the process. One of those is James’ eventual place among Laker legends, and if he is already the greatest player to ever wear the coveted Lakers jersey. As you could imagine, all this talk has rubbed diehard Kobe Bryant fans the wrong way, as James could have surpassed the Lakers’ legend as the greatest player to ever play for the Lakers without even stepping foot on the Staples Center hardwood.
Bryant recently worked out with Boston Celtics star youngster Jayson Tatum, who has always looked up to Bryant and wanted to learn from the master this off season. After doing so, Bryant had some interesting comments regarding the Celtics third overall pick in the 2018 Draft, asking why the Lakers didn't draft him instead of second overall pick Lonzo Ball.
Bryant complimenting another player while taking a jab at the Lakers is one thing, but complimenting a Celtics players as well? It certainly came off as a subtle jab at Ball, who had a decent rookie campaign, but more questions than answers about him following the season.
One person who wasn’t buying any of those comments was of course none other than his father, LaVar Ball, who made a studio appearance for Stadium’s Sauce and Shram and took offense to Bryant’s view of his son and revealed what he thinks about the situation.
“How many times does a player get to play with his favorite player? Probably never. Yes. That’s why Kobe don’t like him that much. Because he said, ‘I like LeBron’.
“LeBron’s always been his guy though.”
Most people would agree that Tatum would have been the better pick for the Lakers after their respective first seasons, but Ball’s talent and upside is undeniable. It will be interesting to see if Lakers fans come together during this season and in the future, as James and company look to bring the franchise its 17th NBA championship.