Before LeBron and Lonzo Ball took the court to play in the Cavs entertaining 121-112 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night, LeBron took a trip to a Cleveland Children’s hospital. While there, a young patient asked him if he could dunk on Lonzo for him. LeBron laughed and replied, “I got you. He might not be in my way. Once he sees I’m about to take off, he might move out of the way!”
The video went viral as tens of thousands of people visualized how awesome it would be to see this request happen live on TNT. Then midway through the second quarter…
LONZO & LOPEZ AVOID BEING POSTERIZED
Lonzo Ball and Brook Lopez both had an opportunity to stand between LeBron and the rim. They parted like the Red Sea and allowed LeBron to throw down a wide-open two-hand dunk. In defense of Lonzo (no pun intended), he was more concerned with LeBron passing to Kevin Love and didn’t make an effort to avoid getting dunked on like Lopez.
“What is going on here people!”
Even if Lopez ended up on a LeBron poster, I’m not sure it would have been his most embarrassing moment from the game. A minute after the dunk, Lopez left Reggie Miller and the rest of us in complete disbelief after watching him — a 79% free throw shooter — airball back-to-back free throws. He finished the game 0-of-2 from the line, after shooting 82.5% from the line over his past four games.
LONZO THE QUARTERBACK
Lonzo finished the game two boards short of a triple-double: 13 points, 8 rebounds and a team-high 11 assists. His most impressive assist was this full court touchdown pass to Brandon Ingram that brought back memories of him playing with his brothers at Chino Hills.
Unfortunately, he followed up the pass of the night with a couple of failed attempts to Brook Lopez, who probably would have missed anyways since he was playing so awful.
DAMN YOU RANDLE
This Lonzo pass to Julius Randle in the first quarter was a great one but Randle missed the shot. He got the the ball back and scored on the put back but that didn’t help Lonzo’s boxscore.
LEBRON DUNKS ON RANDLE FOR THE KID
LeBron never did dunk on Lonzo for the kid at the hospital but he got one of his teammates. With a little less than two minutes in the game, LeBron threw down a dunk with Julius Randle trying to get a block from behind. The dunk had a little kid on the sideline screaming and hopping up and down in excitement (14 second mark). Oh wait, that’s not a kid!
Wearing a Supreme arm sleeve, JR Smith knocked down a three in the second quarter to move him ahead of Chauncey Billups for the 11th most threes made in NBA history.
He finished the game with eight points on 2-of-2 from three and was never told to take the sleeve off — Kelly Oubre is going to be mad.
This was the viral moment of the game. The “LeBron to the Lakes confirmed” moment. After the final buzzer, LeBron covered his mouth with his jersey and told Lonzo his plans for the Lakers next season. Who knows what he really said. Lonzo wouldn’t pull a D-Lo after the game and LeBron wasn’t letting the media know either.
“I didn’t tell him anything. It’s not for everybody.” Said James, when asked about the private conversation.
The NBA Instagram account did spill a few words with a video of them but quickly deleted it and re-uploaded a version without the audio.
Actually, we do know what LeBron said to Lonzo: “Find your zone and just stay f***ing locked in. The media is going to ask you what I told you right now but so what. Just be aggressive every single day.”
LONZO LOVES LEBRON
Lonzo has said on multiple occasions LeBron is and has been one of his favorite players. During a postgame interview, Lonzo continued to praise the King.
“Watching him doesn’t do him justice,” Ball said. “He has that size, that speed. I’d say he’s the best player in the world right now.”
LEBRON LOVES LARRY
LeBron’s 59th triple-double (fourth of the season) tied him with Larry Legend for sixth on the all-time career triple-double list. After the game, he praised the small forward known as the greatest or second greatest (depending on where you rank LeBron) small forward of all-time.
“He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game,” James said. “Kid from French Lick. Boston. And one of the few guys that ever be in a 3-point contest and shoot with a warm-up shirt on. And, but just his like, he played until he couldn’t play no more. Obviously, we know that. He just played until he literally couldn’t play the game no more. He gave everything he had. And for young guys that don’t know him, they think of Larry Bird as a jump shooter. But he was so much more than that. He was a passer. He averaged double digit rebounds. He defended. He took charges. And it’s just straight up complete basketball player and me as a small forward, Scottie, Bird, Doc, George Gervin, the guys I kind of looked up to being a small forward. And they kind of set the precedent of what it is to go out there as a professional and give it all. So, I’ve always been a big fan of Larry Bird and if i’m linked with any of the greats, especially like him, it’s pretty cool.”
LOVE FOR NAS
A bonus moment worth mentioning is the Cleveland arena playing three Nas songs in a row during warm-ups You might remember a few months ago when Lonzo pissed off the old school hip-hop community by saying Nas isn’t “real hip-hop.” And in the Lakers previous game in New York, Lonzo pissed off a lot of people in the city and Nas fans again by arriving with a BBB hoodie that shows Lonzo’s face on Nas’ ‘It Was Written’ album cover.