Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball became the youngest in history to record a triple-double during the loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
What better way to cap the feat than being praised by his childhood idol, Lebron James?
In an interview with ESPN, the Cavaliers superstar said that seeing Ball’s first triple-double brought him back to when he was young and still trying to carve a place in the league. He said that he could not remember many games when he was 18, 19 or 20 years old.
“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,” he said, before adding that the Lakers “got a good one.”
The record was actually previously held by James who achieved the feat in 2004-2005 season when he was just 20 years and 20 days old. On Saturday, Ball scored 19 points, dished out 13 dimes and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was just 20 years and 15 days old.
The feat was also made special because Bucks coach Jason Kidd, another point guard that is closely compared to Ball, was at the sidelines. The 44-year-old commented on the Lakers’ point guard’s ability to rebound the ball and find his teammates.
“Triple-double is going to be the norm for him, he’s going to fill up the stat sheets,” said Kidd. The coach knows what he’s talking about being third all-time in the most number of triple double at 107 games, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson.
Meanwhile, Ball dismissed the record-setting feat as he said that he would rather that the Lakers won the game. “It don’t matter to me to be honest, I just wanted to win tonight,” he said.