Here’s What LeBron James Said to Lonzo Ball After Thursday Night’s Game

Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Dec. 14, 2017 (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James is an elder statesmen in the game at just 32. He’s easily the best basketball player on the planet, and has worked himself into the argument as the best basketball player to ever play the game. So when Lonzo Ball, the quiet rookie with the boisterous father, brought his Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers, the sports stations couldn’t wait to eat up the oldest Ball brother finally meeting and playing against his favorite basketball player, King James.

After the game Thursday, in which the Cavs handily beat the Lakers 121-112, the two players shared a moment that they tried to keep private, but nothing in Trump’s America is private anymore. Both players tried to pull their jerseys over their mouths to prevent lipreading, but it looks like the conversation was caught on tape.


After the game, James had this to say about his talk with Ball, NBC Sports reports:

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 and who he modeled his game after. And who was his favorite player? And it was me, and I was humbled by that. So me wishing him a happy birthday was kind of a salute back to him.

I see all the stupid noise that happens, and 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, because when I post things, I don’t look at comments. I’m so far removed of the white noise and the noise doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter to me.

When asked specifically what he told Ball, James responded, “None of y’all business!”

Well, it is our business, Mr. James, not because it’s actually our business, but because said conversation happened publicly and was recorded, and NBC Sports has the breakdown:

Find your zone and just stay [fucking] locked in. The media is going to ask you what I told you right now. Tell them nothing. Just be aggressive every single day. It’s white noise to you.

That’s all it is. Alright? Let’s go.

There you have it; nothing to see here. You can all go back to your day.

Read more at NBC Sports. 

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