LeBron James on conversation with Lonzo Ball: ‘None of y’all business’
LeBron James wasn’t about to divulge the substance of his postgame conversation with Lonzo Ball following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 121-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena.
“None of y’all business,” James told reporters after Thursday night’s game, via ESPN.
James and Ball briefly spoke on the court after the game, with both players pulling up their jerseys over the mouths, much to the chagrin of amateur lip-readers. Ball echoed James’ lack of candor over the nature of their chat, simply stating James “didn’t tell me anything.”
The showdown between James’ Cavs and Ball’s Lakers had an added level of intrigue due to persistent rumors that James conceivably views Los Angeles as a viable destination should he leave Cleveland following the 2017-18 NBA season. James actually skipped out on his routine meeting with reporters ahead of the game, apparently to avoid “dealing with the silliness.”
James echoed those same sentiments toward the rampant speculation concerning his future, specifically as it pertains to rumors of his purported interest in joining the Lakers. After all, multiple league insiders have mused that with James’ many business interests in Hollywood — not to mention the fact he owns multiple homes in L.A. — that southern California could prove to be an attractive destination.
“I don’t see the reaction because I don’t get involved in it. I don’t do it to get a reaction. I do it because he’s said over and over since he was growing up who he modeled his game after, who was his favorite player. It was me. I was humbled by that,” James said of Ball. “Me wishing him happy birthday [on Twitter] was kind of the salute back to him. I see all the stupid noise that happens. I can’t buy a place in L.A. I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it. When I post things, I don’t look at comments. I’m so far removed from the white noise, and the noise, it doesn’t matter.”