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LOVING LONZO - AND LAVAR: Ball acknowledged that there might be a "target" on him entering the draft because of all his father's comments. This is the ideal place for Lavar to start officially marketing his son's Big Baller brand. It is also very clear that they feel he is a player they can build a team around that can compete for many years to come. "Just had a good feeling, and changed them five minutes before when they was on the clock, and I'm glad they called my name".

"Yea, this is insane", Ball said in a media room at the Barclays Center, where he sat as the focal point of a conference call with reporters back at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo.

After working out for the Sixers last week, Villanova's Josh Hart said the worst part of the pre-NBA Draft process was the uncertainty of not knowing where he was going to end up.

The draft is only two days away, so we will find out whether or not the Lakers decide to go with Lonzo soon. Russell might be one of the NBA's top 10 scorers at Brooklyn next year, but he didn't have point guard instincts, didn't shoot well enough to play the 2, and seemed terminally immature, too much of the time.

First things first: Ball can really play. It was awesome. I talked to Rob Pelinka, Magic (Johnson), Coach (Luke) Walton, it was fantastic.

Ball said he'll have about 20 family and friends in attendance for the draft, with his father, his two brothers, and two "close family friends" at his table in the green room. Who will go first - and where - has dominated the build up to the draft, which starts with the Philadelphia 76ers picking first followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2.

And down here, we'll bury LaVar's rant about his son taking the Lakers to the playoffs in his first season.

"I've been shooting the ball well", Kuzma told media following his workout with the Jazz.

Fultz is expected to be the No. 1 pick after a single season at Washington, where he put up big numbers but didn't win many games. He is also an above-average passer. He was named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East along with teammate Mikal Bridges and Creighton's Khyri Thomas, and was the Big 5 Player of the Year.

  • Julie Sanders