LeBron James, Lonzo Ball Will Win Lakers Championships, LaVar Ball Says

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A native of southern California, in the summer of 2017 George told the Indiana Pacers he wanted to sign for the Lakers as a free agent this season, before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Lonzo and him gonna fit together like a glove", Ball said in a recent interview with Overtime, noting that he hasn't talked with James but "knew he was coming to LA". In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he'll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.

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Even more surprising: James was into it. "He's just tried to implement that ball-movement, that body-movement when he was in Golden State".

According to analyst Shannon Sharp of Undisputed on FS1, the signing the four-year contract shows how much James trusts Johnson.

On HBO, SpringHill premieres the documentary "Student Athlete" in October and has a doc about Muhammad Ali still to come, and at Netflix, James' company is working with rap star Drake to adapt the United Kingdom crime series "Top Boy" for 2019.

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As has been the case in the past, James didn't have enough help as the Cavs were swept, dropping him to 3-6 in the NBA Finals - a record sometimes used to compare him to Michael Jordan. Through his dominance, the Cavaliers stifled the dreams of the Toronto Raptors, defeating them in three consecutive NBA Playoffs. "Cleveland" is boldly displayed on the back of his jersey. The same can be said about McGee, Caldwell-Pope and Stephenson's respective contracts but it does seem as though the Lakers paid a premium on players that other teams weren't bending over backward to sign.

Walton has previously expressed his appreciation for the support that he has received from the Lakers' front office which also includes president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.

The 2,600-pound banner posted on the Sherwin-Williams Global Headquarters Wall was originally installed in 2014 when James returned to Cleveland from the Miami Heat. In 2016, he earned a championship for "The Land". In 2013, he married his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. The one person who can push LaVar Ball to the background is LeBron James.

Why would the Spurs then do Leonard a favor by sending him to Los Angeles to form a super team that would be on the Spurs' schedule several times per year?

A native of Brooklyn, Stephenson played with the Charlotte Hornets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Clippers. He worked with a superstar lineup that included Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. After the game, James was asked about the team, which he was already rumored to consider in free agency. After all, he owns two multi-million dollar homes in L.A. His production company, Spring Hill Entertainment, is housed in Los Angeles also.

But the Lakers and Spurs haven't been able to hammer out a deal-perhaps because San Antonio has been focused on acquiring almost all of the Lakers' quality young talent in exchange for Leonard.

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