Video: Lonzo Ball Says LeBron James Is This Generation’s Michael Jordan

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The seemingly endless debate about whether Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James or former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history will likely go on forever. However, one of the newest additions to the NBA sees James in much the same way that James once looked at Jordan.

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball was interviewed after the Lakers-Cavaliers Las Vegas Summer League contest on Wednesday night’s ESPN SportsCenter. He was asked (at approximately the 1:20 mark) about what he envisions the atmosphere will be like when he faces James during the 2017-18 season.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Ball said. “You know, growing up, that’s kind of like our Michael Jordan. So, you know, playing him, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go out there and play him.”

Prior to those remarks, Ball indicated that he didn’t immediately notice James was in attendance at the game, but was apparently struck by the size of the future Hall of Famer.

“The first time I saw him was at halftime,” Ball said. “I saw him right under the basket. That’s a big dude,” Ball said.

James has had previous issues with Ball’s controversial father, LaVar, over remarks made about James’ sons. However, there’s no apparent residual anger toward Lonzo, with the two set to face each other twice during the upcoming season. Rumors have already been circulating that the two could end up as teammates during the 2018-19 campaign, though any decision on James’ part won’t be made until nearly a year from now.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.