Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 21:46
After acquiring it along with the 42nd pick in exchange for sending the 28th pick to the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers drafted former Villanova standout Josh Hart with the 30th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Look for him to have a big slam on Lonzo Ball when the 76ers and Lakers match up.
"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. "I'll ... say I told you so". I know she is happy at home for sure. "He didn't have this kind of reputation in the middle of last season, but he really can go get the ball".
Lonzo arrived at Barclays Center wearing black dress shoes but changed into purple ones from his family's Big Baller Brand company prior to being drafted.
In the second round, Los Angeles welcomed another Bryant.
"Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year", Ball told Jeff Goodman of ESPN. "Once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that".
"That's something we got to talk about further down the line", Lonzo said of possibly lowering prices.
Lonzo Ball didn't blink at his father's latest pronouncement: "You don't play to lose, so that's definitely the goal". Even before the draft, the 48-year-old has been making controversial comments that were criticized by many. Just to be able to learn from him every day should be incredible. "The Lakers have engaged at least two teams in the lottery, sources said, as they search for players to improve their outside shooting and perimeter defence", Shelburne wrote in her report published Sunday.
Asked if he was concerned that LaVar Ball will be a distraction for the Lakers, Walton said (via ESPN), "What's incredible is that he's been, according to [Lonzo], his dad has been great".
"We want the ball moving, and we want to play an up-tempo game, and that's what Ball is a genius at", Walton said as he drowned in a sea of microphones and cameras only minutes after the selection had gone public.
"I'm just thankful for everybody that helped me get here", said Lonzo, who hails from Chino Hills, California along with his brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo. "We'll take it from there".