Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball praised by LeBron James after triple-double

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball praised by LeBron James after triple-double

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball praised by LeBron James after triple-double

"After getting off to an historically-terrible start to his career from a shooting perspective, the 6'6", 190-pound ball-handler went an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the effort.

Therefore, it was only natural that James was asked about Ball breaking his record in advance of his game against the New York Knicks on Monday night.

His praise comes after Ball broke James' record by becoming the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double when he did so against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Ball accomplished the triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old, which was five days sooner than the previous record of 20 years and 20 days old set by LeBron James in the 2004-2005 season.

"I definitely think back to when I was that young", James said according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Ball took the praise from James and plans on using it as motivation. "I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it didn't happen".

The Lakers and Ball meet the Cavaliers and James for the first time on December 14 in Ohio. So first of all, congratulations to him.

For now, the Lakers are focused on developing their young players like Ball, who has dealt with possibly more scrutiny, hype and attention than any other rookie since James.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is one of the last players that made the trip straight from high school right into the National Basketball Association and ascended into stardom.

Lakers coach Luke Walton was more complimentary of his young point guard. "With the world we live in today, with all the social media and everything, the amount of buildup and coverage that has been done on such a young player is kind of insane, and he has handled it great, he's been playing great". We're gonna let him shoot and play his game.

"He was really good tonight", Walton said.

"I think it's a fine line because what you have to do is first, he's been shooting that way his whole life", Johnson said, as transcribed by ForTheWin. "And we want to encourage him to keep shooting".

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