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LeBron James is now the unquestioned leader of the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed there, quietly played GM this NBA offseason, and built a team he wanted to play with.

A few pieces, including second-year point guard Lonzo Ball, were left over, but after watching the Lakers' 128-119 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers to open the season, it looks like Lonzo will be taking a back seat to one of the players LeBron brought on board.

And putting the stat line of Rajon Rondo next to that of Ball, there's no comparison. Rondo played 32 minutes, during which he tallied 13 points, 11 assists, and four rebounds. Ball, on the other hand, played just 19 minutes, with seven points, four rebounds and a single assist. That's not a good assist total for any position, especially a point guard.

​​LeBron kept doing LeBron things, putting up 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in his Lakers debut, but the more King James and his merry men keep the ball out of Lonzo's hands, the less Ball can and will be able to develop.

Yes, it was just opening night for the Lakers, but if this is a sign of things to come, we will likely see Lonzo in a new uniform come next season.

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