Lonzo Ball was asked to weigh in on the LeBron James vs. Kobe Bryant debate because of course he was. Not only is this a legitimate question for the Los Angeles Lakers rookie who has openly said he’d love to play with James soon, but it also is a question that’s been dancing around the NBA world more than normal recently since Michael Jordan used reductive logic to pick Bryant over James. Here’s his answer: “My favorite player was LeBron growing up. But he does have a point. Championships do mean a lot. But, uhh, it’s tough. I’m a Laker. I want to go with Kobe. But I’ve been saying LeBron for my whole life, so I’ma go with LeBron.”
October 17, 2017 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Kyrie Irving, playing his former team in his first regular-season game with the Boston Celtics, heard hearty boos in pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball early in Tuesday’s opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving was the first player announced during introductions, and boos overwhelmed any cheers. He exchanged a quick dap with LeBron James before the opening tip. Then, after getting booed when he touched the ball on the first possession, he finished a floater over his former teammate for the game’s first points.