LeBron James Top 5? Lonzo Ball says no

On a recent episode of his podcast, «The WAE Show,» Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball sparked controversy by leaving LeBron James out of his top five players for a hypothetical Team USA vs. Team World.

Ball’s selection has sparked debate among basketball fans and analysts, especially those loyal to LeBron James.

Ball’s Team USA selection

During the show, Ball revealed his picks for Team USA: Kevin Durant, Anthony EdwardsStephen Curry, Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis.

Notably, Ball included Joel Embiid, who recently declared his intention to represent the United States in international competition, adding a dynamic edge to the lineup.

The suspension of LeBron James

Ball’s decision to eject LeBron James, four times NBA champion and widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, raised eyebrows.

When asked why LeBron didn’t make his list, Ball bluntly said, “He’s not a top five player in the NBA anymore. He got bounced in the first round.»

Comparing LeBron and KD

Ball’s exclusion of James in favor of the likes of Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant has fueled debate about the current state of the NBA’s superstars.

While both LeBron and Durant have faced early playoff exits, Ball believes Durant has more impact on the court than LeBron at this stage of their careers.

This comparison is subjective, but highlights the ongoing debate about the development and current form of the NBA’s top players.

World Team Roster

Ball’s hypothetical Team World roster features some of the NBA’s brightest international stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nikola Jokic and Victor Wembanyama.

This lineup highlights the global talent that has made its way into the NBA and presents a formidable challenge for any USA team.

Fan reaction

Reaction to Ball’s comments was mixed. LeBron James fans are understandably upset, given his illustrious career and continued contributions to the sport.

Critics of Ball’s picks say that despite a first-round playoff exit, LeBron’s overall influence and leadership cannot be overlooked.

LeBron’s career and impact

At 39, LeBron James still defies age with his performance on the court. His leadership, experience and basketball IQ they are an invaluable asset to any team.

While younger stars have risen in recent seasons, LeBron’s influence and legacy in the NBA remains undeniable.


Lonzo Ball’s controversial statement about LeBron James has stirred up conversations in the basketball community.

Whether fans agree with Ball’s assessment or not, it underscores the evolving dynamic of the NBA and the constant influx of new talent.

As the debate rages, one thing is clear: LeBron James’ legacy is cemented in basketball history, and his impact on the game will be felt for years to come.

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