National Basketball Association owner says he wouldn’t trade much for LeBron James

National Basketball Association owner says he wouldn’t trade much for LeBron James

The athlete plays on the G League's South Bay Lakers - a minor league team affiliate where he's spent more than 10 years before making his pro debut.

Ingram was playing the best basketball of his career.

When the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers finally tipped off for opening night in 2017, Beverley lived up to his word and didn't give Ball room to breathe on the court in their first matchup. The Lakers, who play the Bulls on Tuesday, are short-handed; Brandon Ingram (deep venous thrombosis in shoulder) and Lonzo Ball (ankle) are not returning this season.

Everyone knows about how much damage was done to the Lakers locker room during the failed Anthony Davis trade talks and Magic Johnson's non-apology apology. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 25 points and nine rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 15 points while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points, but no other player finished in double figures. "They'll get an opportunity to learn, and I get an opportunity on the floor with them, so we can take that out of it for sure".

And James says the final matches of the season could be crucial in helping the young Lakers squad.

The Lakers' season spiraled in James' absence and they never recovered. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus, preventing him from working on his game during the offseason. These teams last met on Nov 4 which resulted in a 121-107 win for the Raptors and I'm expecting a similar result as I just can't trust the Lakers these days. "Obviously, I would love for this team to be in the postseason. But I want to go out there and compete and play every game as best as I can".

There's no doubt that the very public pursuit of Davis hurt their chances in the end, and could do so moving forward, but trading LeBron James doesn't seem to be a productive way of turning the franchise around. Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

The Athletic first reported Ball would be shut down after his latest medical evaluation Saturday.

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