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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea thinks Lonzo Ball will be better than Jason Kidd


The Los Angeles Lakers have a ton of celebrities for fans, and most of them are just as critical and passionate about their team as the real die-hard fans from the City of Angels.

Members of the enduring rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just several of those true and famous Lakers fans often seen courtside back when the Lakeshow still had the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant on the roster. The band’s bassist, Flea, is even about to amp up his Laker fandom after his team selected Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick at the NBA Draft.

TMZ recently asked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee about his thoughts on this year’s Lakers squad, which led to Flea gushing with praise for Ball:

“Lonzo Ball is my favorite basketball player on the planet… He will be Rookie of the Year. The way he plays is so awesome, man… I mean, we haven’t seen a player who plays like this. I like him better than Jason Kidd… he’s just such an uplifting dude on the court, man. I have complete and utter faith in him.”

The 54-year-old Aussie has been a Los Angeles resident since his family moved to the city at a young age, which would explain his unwavering loyalty to the Lakers. But apart from being just another fan, Flea also spends some of his time watching local high school basketball games, acting like a scout of sorts in search of the next big star out of SoCal. He’d seen plenty of Ball in action in Chino Hills, and his recent performances at the Summer League games got him even more excited about the promise that young Lonzo brings.

Likening Ball to an all-time great like Jason Kidd is a little too hasty at this point, but Flea does make sense with his comparison. Kidd is also a Cali native who played for the Golden Bears of Berkeley in college and is considered as one of the most versatile point guards in NBA history with his knack to pile up triple-double performances.

Meanwhile, Ball possesses a similar skill set as Kidd based from his outstanding stint in UCLA, and he even has what looks to be a better shooting stroke than the current Milwaukee Bucks head coach.

Just recently, Lonzo pulled not one, but two J-Kidd-special stat lines in Summer League play, which makes Flea’s assessment eerily accurate. If the boys from RHCP are indeed good at scouting out future talent, then perhaps a review of the Lakers’ offseason from frontman Anthony Kiedis is underway as well.