Ballbreaker: Is it Dame time?

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Magic Johnson should show the NBA a magic trick and make LaVar Ball disappear. That’s because many fans thought LaVar’s bluster would go away once Lonzo Ball was drafted, but it’s only gotten worse.

Johnson is the face of the Lakers and the assumption is, even Ball knows not to push him too far. We saw last season how well that worked. LaVar apparently thinks he’s the face of the team.

The King and the court jester

At this point, LaVar Ball will throw anybody without the last name “Ball” under the bus. As a young team last season, the last thing Luke Walton needed was his rookie PG farther talking about his coaching ability. 

Maybe LaVar thinks he should coach the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma got the brunt of the blame for a back-and-forth rap battle in which Lonzo was a full, willing participant. The NBA is were professional basketball players perform, but last season was a circus.

The King is now in LA and that makes the exposure of LaVar even more maddening. Therefore, to think LaVar Ball will simply be seen and not heard because James is in town is delusional. Remember, this is a father who thinks he can get all his sons on the Lakers.

Consequently, any hopes LeBron James’ arrival would simmer down LaVar’s hot takes were destroyed in a few days. LaVar has already made the media rounds proclaiming Lonzo the King and better than newly-acquired PG Rajon Rondo whom he described as   “little back-up.” This same Rondo won a title with the Celtics.

So, with all the nonsense LaVar Ball has caused, is it time for a change? Is it Dame Lillard time? The Lakers are James’ team now, but LeBron most certainly needs a co-star with the landscape of the NBA. 

According to some speculators, one Western Conference All-Star point guard could be a target for the Lakers via a trade. It makes sense. The Portland Trail Blazers have been a playoff team for five straight years with three first -round exits. In the Pacific Northwest, it’s been tough to recruit marquee free agents to come, no matter how much Lillard’s respected around the league.

Four on the floor

A package of Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and a pick might get the job done. Lillard could be what Kyrie was in Cleveland, taking some pressure off LeBron.

With Rondo signed, it’s possible Dame could play the off guard. It makes even more sense because Kawhi Leonard, who’s the Laker’s preferred trade choice, will be a free agent next year. A combo of James, Lillard and Leonard would be a contender to the Warriors’ throne.

Now that LeBron’s in the latter part of his career, there‘s no time to wait on the young roster to grow. The time to win is now. Lillard has shown he has the makeup of a champion and clutch shot-making ability. He just needs to be paired with a team that can help him get over the playoff hump. For the Lakers, there may be no time like Dame time.

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