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Lakers' Lonzo Ball looks forward to playing against longtime hero LeBron James

Lakers' Lonzo Ball looks forward to playing against longtime hero LeBron James

As a kid, Lonzo Ball would lower the basketball hoop in his backyard in Chino Hills to about seven feet before he emulated one of his idols.

On that short hoop he’d try LeBron James’ signature one-handed dunk.

As he grew up, Ball’s game began to take on other qualities similar to James’ game.

“In my opinion, he’s the best player in the world,” Ball said. “He just plays the game the right way. He probably can easily try and go for 50 every night, but he focuses on his team, tries to go for triple-doubles, gets guys involved. It’s my first time playing him, should be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Ball spoke on the practice court inside Quicken Loans...

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