LeBron James' first meeting with Lonzo Ball shrouded by questions about future

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CLEVELAND — Lonzo Ball had never talked to his basketball idol LeBron James prior to Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

“He was my favorite player to watch,” said Ball, who wore James’ Cavs and Miami Heat jerseys as a kid.

Following the Cavs’ 121-112 victory against the Lakers — a game in which James recorded his 59th career triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists — Ball and James shared a moment.

James did most of the talking, pulling his jersey over his mouth to prevent lip-readers from trying to figure out what he said to Ball, who had 13 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six turnovers.

But it’s clear James has an appreciation of what Ball is experiencing as a rookie with a target on his back. “I know everything…

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