Magic Johnson Would Need To Trade Lonzo Ball For LeBron James To Join The Los Angeles Lakers

Over the past few months, there have been several reports that LeBron James is leaning towards signing with Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers. According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, “the general belief around the league is that, if he does leave, he’ll land with the Lakers.” Although these rumors are picking up more steam each day, Magic Johnson would’ve to trade Lonzo Ball; to turn the rumor from a dream into reality.

Throughout the past seven seasons, teams who obtained the services of Lebron have incorporated an offensive system; that is meant to showcase his ability to pass the ball and get to the basket. As a result, he usually walks the ball up until the three-point line and evaluates how the defenders are positioned. For instance, if a defender is playing off of a three-point shooter, he is supposed to pass the ball to the wide-open shooter. On the other hand, if all the defenders are staying close to their man he is expected to evaluate the size of his defender. If the defender is smaller than him, he should post up in the mid to low block and back him down until he can to a spot where he can shoot a jumper. But if his defender is the same size as him he should use his speed and strength to get around him to attack the basket. However, there will be some instances where the defense will collapse on him, and he should pass the ball to the perimeter for the wide open three. Furthermore, on occasion, the team will break out some different sets within their playbook to prevent from becoming a predictable offense. For example, the team may have LeBron act like he is going to post up at the free throw line and have him pass the ball to a teammate doing a backdoor cut to the basket.

Due to this, the Lakers would have to surround LeBron with players who can catch and shoot or know how to move without the ball. Unfortunately, both of these skill sets nullify Lonzo Ball’s best attribute; Ball has been described as a player who possesses excellent court vision and passing ability. According to DraftExpress, “Ball showed he has the vision, timing, accuracy, and overall foundation to eventually make every read necessary at the NBA level… and locate shooters”. Due to this, he needs to be on a team where he would be the primary ball handler; and is allowed to analyze the defense to determine what is the right pass. For instance, the traditional pick and roll offense would be an ideal system for him because he can bring the ball up to the three-point line and ask for a screen. Once the pick was set Ball can pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Ball can go over it and take the wide open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Ball can go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he can score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not.

As you can see, both of these players need to have the ball in their hands for a significant amount of time to be effective. Due to this, they would need at least one season to figure out where everyone is supposed to be on the court and to develop chemistry. For instance, there would be many possessions in the early portions of the first season, where one player will bring the ball up the floor and hold it for the majority of the shot clock. Meanwhile, the other player is standing behind the three-point line acting as a spot-up shooter. This is because the duo will need multiple games to develop timing as to when they should move without the ball and where to end up. Unfortunately, neither LeBron James or Lonzo Ball can be productive in the spot-up shooter role; because they have a below average shooting percentage from behind the arc. According to Basketball-Reference, LeBron has a career three-point shooting percentage of 34.2 percent, while Lonzo is shooting 23.1 percent. Consequently, opposing teams will leave the shooter wide open and use the extra defender to provide help defense.

Therefore it would behoove Magic Johnson to trade Lonzo Ball for some more shooters to stretch out the defense thus giving LeBron more room to maneuver.

Alberto El Patron Should Join LAX At Bound For Glory 

About four months ago, several media outlets reported that Alberto El Patron was involved in a domestic violence incident with WWE superstar Paige at the Orlando airport. According to TMZ, “Orlando PD was contacted around 3 PM on Sunday” July 9th “after Alberto — real name Jose Rodriguez — allegedly roughed up a female companion.” Once the cops arrived at the scene, they determined more information was needed before anyone could be arrested or charged with a crime. As a result, the Orlando police department launched an investigation in hopes of getting more details about the incident between Alberto El Patron and Paige.

However, the Orlando police department wouldn’t be the only ones investigating the matter. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, on July 10th the employer of Alberto, GFW/ Impact Wrestling stated that they would conduct their investigation into the incident. 11 days later, the Orlando police department informs Pro Wrestling Sheet that their inquiry concluded that; “Paige is the one who should be charged for domestic violence, they no longer view El Patron as a suspect.” While Alberto El Patron was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Orlando police department, GFW/ Impact Wrestling continued to investigate the matter until August 14th. On that day, GFW/ Impact Wrestling decided to indefinitely suspend Alberto El Patron and strip him of the Global Championship. According to their website, the company stated that they “have communicated with El Patron our decision to strip him of his championship title. No decision has been taken as to the date on which he will be reinstated to the roster”. However, about a month later the company announced that El Patron would return at Bound For Glory on November 5th.

Furthermore, the company aired a video package on Impact this week asking “What will he do?” when he returns. Due to this video package, one would expect the company to have El Patron in a major role on TV immediately. The easiest way to re-introduce Alberto as a major character is by having him join LAX at Bound For Glory. Alberto should come out during the 5150 street fight when OVE is getting beat down by all of LAX to make it appear like he will help OVE. Once he enters the ring, Alberto will attack OVE and help LAX recapture the tag team titles. Later in the evening, Eli Drake is shown backstage on the phone saying “will you help me defeat Johnny Impact in exchange for cash and a future title shot,” Drake proceeds to smile. During the main event, Drake hits the referee with the title by accident and waves to the back. LAX comes out to attack Johnny Impact and help Eli Drake retain the Global Championship.

During the next Impact episode, Alberto El Patron cuts a promo where he admits that Carlos was right that management doesn’t want Latino wrestlers to succeed. “First they stripped me of the world title after beating Bobby Lashley on this very show, then they stripped me for a second time after I was cleared of any wrongdoing in the domestic violence incident. Lastly, they refused to give Low-Ki a one on one match for the vacant title after I was suspended indefinitely, which is why he left. With that being said, Eli Drake, i want my title shot next week, ” and Drake reluctantly agrees. During that match, Johnny Impact interferes to attack Alberto El Patron causing the disqualification. Eventually, it leads to a triple threat match where El Patron pins Impact to win the championship.