By Harrison Faigen
LeBron James and Lonzo Ball had never played on the same team before they suited up together as the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, not even in a scrimmage, but the instant chemistry the two displayed on the floor made it seem like they had been longtime teammates.
Early in the second quarter Lonzo ran off of a screen from Kyle Kuzma and cut to the basket, where James found him for an alley-oop dunk on a play in which the Lakers too often missed that Ball was open last season:
And it wasn’t just how easy the play looked that made it seem like James and Ball had been playing together a lot longer than just a few minutes. Players shouldn’t be expected to talk themselves up after one nice play in a preseason game, but how thoroughly unimpressed both James and Ball sounded about the alley-oop made it seem like they had been connecting on them for years.