Lonzo Ball has his own way of filling the void LeBron James and Rajon Rondo have left in Los Angeles.
The second-year Lakers point guard wants to lead by example first before he becomes more vocal like the veterans.
“It’s just a big void to fill,” Ball said, via ESPN. “LeBron and Rondo are arguably two of the best leaders ever. Having both of them out, that’s two of our main guys who are talking on the court. It’s new for me. It’s new for B.I. (Brandon Ingram). Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) probably talks the most out of all of us.”
“… For me, it’s more about action. I don’t think you can talk if you’re not doing your job. So, it starts with that for me, and go from there.”
The Lakers have been struggling without James (groin) and Rondo (hand), who both injured themselves Christmas Day against the Warriors. In their absences, Los Angeles has gone 3-7 and have dropped its last two games, including a 101-95 defeat to the lowly Cavaliers.
“We want to win,” Ball added. “The team’s looking to us to make things happen, and we are not doing that. We just go to do better.”
Ball is averaging 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He’s shooting 40 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from 3-point range and leads the team in steals (1.5).
The Lakers will host the Bulls on Wednesday. Los Angeles brings a 23-21 record to the contest while the Bulls (10-33) will enter Staples Center on a seven-game skid.