Lonzo Ball claims he didn’t intend to upset anyone.
The 21-year-old Pelicans guard said Thursday on Twitter he wasn’t “dissing” the Lakers in his new single “Last Days.”
“I’m not dissing anybody I loved my time in LA,” Ball wrote. “I use my music as an outlet to express things that happen in my life #50and30 out now! Let me know y’all favorite track.”
Ball was originally selected by the Lakers with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft. He spent his first two NBA seasons in Los Angeles before he was sent to New Orleans - along with Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and multiple first-round picks – in exchange for star Anthony Davis.
Ball is heard on the track saying:
“You know I’m all about business. L.A. is gonna regret their decision. Straight to the money, you know how we get it. We count up the cash and we add up the digits”
Ball averaged 10.0 points and 6.4 assists while shooting just 38% from the field over his 99 games with the Lakers.
“I was excited, honestly,” Ball told ESPN last month about the trade. “I kind of figured someone was going to get moved soon enough. I knew Anthony Davis wanted to come bad. Anytime you can get a guy like that, you are going to have to do what you have to do to get him. So I was kind of already just waiting for it, honestly, and I was happy to go with two guys I am comfortable with in B.I. (Ingram) and JHart (Hart). I am excited to see what we can do.
“I tell people when I was a rookie, I probably would have been sad. Just being from L.A., having my whole family here and wanting to be a Laker. But being in the league for two years, knowing it’s a business, as long you get to play, that’s a blessing in itself.”
The Pelicans also added veterans Derrick Favors and JJ Redick in free agency this summer and selected former Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.