Lonzo Ball had his one-and-only pre-NBA Draft workout with the Lakers Wednesday, and everything appears to have gone well. In fact, Ball is already talking like he’ll be D’Angelo Russell’s replacement in Los Angeles.
They have a lot of good players. I just think they need a leader at point guard. I feel I can bring that to the team, he told the media after his workout.
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Tyson Ross Elite Jersey While he didn’t mention Russell by name, it’s easy to see that as a shot at him. After all, Russell was the No. 2 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and he is a point guard. While Russell’s leadership skills can be questioned, many see the point guard position in Los Angeles as occupied.
With a rematch with Cleveland all but inevitable, the Warriors needed a ringer, and they got one when they landed four-time scoring champion and former MVP Kevin Durant in the biggest free-agent signing in recent memory. Durant has been all that and then some in this year’s finals against the Cavs, averaging a series-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists. His pull-up 3-pointer over James with 45 seconds remaining Wednesday night was the go-ahead bucket and the dagger in a 118-113 victory to give the Warriors a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead heading into Game 4 on Friday.
The lanky 7-footer with point-guard handles and the touch of an elite shooting guard was brought on to help the Warriors — who already had a trio of All-Stars that also included Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — down the Cavs when they didn’t have the benefit of key Cleveland players hurt or out.
According to SB Nation, Green told Durant flatly that Golden State could get to the NBA Finals without Durant. They just needed him to get over the finals hump and hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.