Lonzo Ball eager to play fast, get the ball to LeBron James in preseason debut

Lonzo Ball, making his preseason debut Wednesday night against the Warriors, finally gets to start developing real-time, on-court chemistry with his Lakers teammates. 

But the focus in Las Vegas will be on how he’ll interact with one teammate in particular: LeBron James.

“We’ll [be] playing fast,” Ball told reporters Tuesday. “I’ll be getting the ball to him a lot, he can do the same, get out and push it so that will be a very interesting dynamic.”

Rajon Rondo will start Wednesday, and Ball will come off the bench.

However, that’s not what Ball says he’s focusing on. After months of recovery and rehab from offseason knee surgery, he’s just happy he get into a game — even if it’s only preseason.

“It is going to be very fun,” Ball said. “The way (the Warriors) play, the way we play, be a lot of up and down, a lot of shots to be taken, just fun basketball.”

Ball hasn’t played a competitive game since March. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was close to making his preseason debut Saturday against the Clippers, but he and the Lakers opted to play it safe and give him a few more days.

“It gets frustrating when you play basketball for your whole life and then it gets taken from you for a little bit,” Ball said.

Now it’s go time.

Coach Luke Walton was asked Tuesday whether he wants Ball to feel as if he’s competing for the starting job with Rondo, who started 63 of 65 games in which played for the Pelicans last season. Walton’s answer: He wants everyone to feel that way.

Still, it’s a luxury for the Lakers to have both point guards on their roster as the clock ticks toward their opener Oct. 18.

“It’s nice because they’re both selfless, playmaking guards that make their teammates better,” Walton said. “Those are the type of guys we want on the floor. … Most of the time we’ll have at least one of those types of guys at the point and is a big plus for us.”

Ball averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in his rookie year, but has revamped his shot after hitting only 36 percent from the floor (30.5 percent from beyond the arc). Rondo, as a counterpoint, averaged 8.2 points and 8.3 assists.

The Lakers take on the Warriors at 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).