Ball to have second workout with Lakers on Saturday (AEDT)
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 20:12
"Every way I'm a competitor".
Q: On what he showed in his workout: Fultz: I just think the way I can shoot the ball, my work ethic, how hard I play. We both compete for the same position.
I hope for Lonzo's sake the Lakers take him next week.
At that time, Irving's teammate Channing Frye said of Ball, "It's going to be disgustingly easy to hate on him".
The Lakers' plans are also open-ended.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have been having a "healthy debate" between Ball and Kansas forward Josh Jackson.
When asked to compare himself to other high-profile point guards in the draft, such as Ball and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, Fultz said he respects them but noted they have different games. For the 28th pick, they've been conducting group workouts for the last several weeks. Lonzo Ball and his insane father have hogged all speculative headlines, with L.A.'s decision with the No. 2 pick the one that will cause a ripple effect the rest of the way.
Yet for now he remains the 5 or 6 best guard on a team that still has draft picks to choose and free agents to sign.
In any case, Jackson is a special player and he should give the team that selects him a big boost on defense.
Smith Jr. sounded equally dismissive on whether he is concerned about where Fultz, Ball and Fox are selected. Ball said a significant portion of that workout involved shooting. You could say it all started once I was born really. "I think I can contribute to that".
But the Lakers cooled off on Ball after his first workout in early June. While his three-point shot was hit-and-miss on the season as he shot just 34.2 percent, his free throw percentage of 84.9 percent gives a better idea of his shooting stroke, especially from the mid-range.
Fultz is appealing to Boston because he has the chops to serve as a setup man or scorer.
I believe it's the Lakers - only reason is that is the only team I know he worked out for. He called Thursday's session "more relaxed" since the attire centered on practice gear rather than suits.
All things considered, Ball is the flawless fit for The Lake Show, and with him at the controls, the Lakers will be back to relevance sooner than people think. I can play off the 2.
But for now, one week away from selections flying off the board, the mock drafts all have Markelle Fultz going to Boston. The Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2016-17 season, while the Lakers had a 26-56 record in the fourth consecutive year they missed the National Basketball Association playoffs. I have been taking an anger management course, I'm just about wrapping it up right now. It's a great city, a great team.
Jackson, on the other hand, will come in and allow you to play with pace and also go smaller.
Basketball's most polarizing father-son duo of LaVar and Lonzo Ball appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.