Backing up LaVar's claim, Lonzo Ball confident in leading Lakers to playoffs

UCLA's Lonzo Ball answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the second pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

"I'm just thankful for everybody helping me get here, and I'm truly blessed to be able to play for my hometown, and I can't wait to get on the court", Ball said.

"I think it will make it more challenging, a little bit, but I think every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back", Walton added.

I thought I read and heard that LaVar Ball's over-the-top personality would hurt him in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft. "It's gonna be there, you know".

LOVING LONZO - AND LAVAR: Ball acknowledged that there might be a "target" on him entering the draft because of all his father's comments.

Lonzo Ball wants to stay home with the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, and it seems surer than ever he will.

During the ad, Lonzo Ball debuted a never-before-seen Big Baller Brand ZO2 in a "Triple Black" color scheme.

Both executives assumed their posts last season during a dramatic coup in which Lakers president and governor Jeanie Buss cleaned house, vowing change after the team plummeted to the NBA's cellar with four straight 50-plus loss seasons, the worst stretch in franchise history.

LaVar Ball raised his family in Chino Hills, a Los Angeles suburb 35 miles east of Staples Center. Of course, there's also the realistic chance of perennial All-Star Paul George joining the roster sooner than the summer of 2018, when the incumbent Pacer becomes a restricted free agent. The UCLA star showed up in a black-on-black suit, with a bow-tie.

"That's the goal", the newest Laker said not to be outdone by his father.

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