Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left goes up for a basket against Milwaukee Bucks forward John Hensonm right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Nov 11, 2017, in Milwaukee. (DARREN HAUCK / AP)
LOS ANGELES - Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday delivered a congratulation to Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double two days ago.
At 20 years and 15 days old, Ball last Saturday set the new record in the game against the Milwaukee Bucks with 19 points, 13 assists, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals, surpassing LeBron James' record by five days, which was been set on 2004-2005 season.
According to the Lakers, the last rookie to get a triple-double with at least 19 points, 13 assists, 12 rebounds and 3 steals before Ball was NBA legend superstar Michael Jordan, who did so in 1985.
I think he's going to be a really, really good point guard in our league, probably a great point guard if he continues to work on his craft, which it seems like he does
Before Monday night's game against the New York Knicks, James told ESPN that Ball's performance revived his memory of more than a decade ago when he became one of the last players that made the trip straight from high school right into the NBA then ascended into stardom.
"I definitely think back to when I was that young. There's not many games that I can remember when I was 20 years old or 19 or even 18. So first of all, congratulations to him," James told ESPN.
"I think he's going to be a really, really good point guard in our league, probably a great point guard if he continues to work on his craft, which it seems like he does."
Lakers coach Luke Walton also told the Los Angeles times Sunday that he though Ball's performance was cool.
"I would think it was cool," Walton said. "Whether he thinks it' s cool, Zo's a tough one to figure out, so you're gonna have to ask him. But I would think it's a pretty cool record to have."
However, Ball didn't care much about it as the Lakers lost the game 98-90, giving them three straight losses on their road trip.
Ball, born in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, was selected with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Lakers and signed a four-year rookie scale contract with the Lakers this summer.
During the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Ball was the named the league MVP after averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. He had two triple-doubles, the first in the Summer League since 2008 and the first ever in Vegas by a rookie.
James had his eye on Ball attending a summer league game to watch him play as well as sending him a special Happy Birthday message on Twitter at that time.
Ball, who played 13 games for Lakers so far, showed out surprised energy with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in a 132-130 win against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 20.
Like other achieved super stars, the rookie also has his own T.V. show, an eponymous brand that features his own signature shoe and clothing line.
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