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"I'm going to tell you what: Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year", LaVar Ball told ESPN.

Lakers coach Luke Walton opted for a different word: "Genius".

Considering the Lakers have held the No. 2 pick in the draft for three years straight, and finished with the third-worst record in the league a season ago, this is a pretty bold claim and Walton had no problem downplaying LaVar's comments after Friday's (AEST) NBA Draft.

Comparisons to Jason Kidd have followed Ball since high school, and his continued improvement has strengthened its validity.

In his lone college season, Ball led the nation with 7.6 assists per game and earned first team All America honors. "The vision and ability that Lonzo has just puts him in a class of being a transcendent talent".

LaVar also pulled out a purple and yellow Big Baller Brand hat.

The Lakers also aren't anxious about attaching themselves to LaVar Ball, the voluble family patriarch with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons, one $495 pair of sneakers at a time.

And if any National Basketball Association team is anxious about having the ultimate sports parent in the front row, UCLA coach Steve Alford has repeatedly said LaVar wasn't a problem for him - and Lonzo's two little brothers are both planning to play in Westwood.

Pelinka added, "Listen, there can be a sense of bravado with some of the media stuff, but when you get to see the heart of a person and how they treat others, I think that's when you really get to know them".

"Right now, I'm hoping he leads us to a couple Summer League victories, and we'll take it from there". "The right people are in charge".

THEIR TIME TO SHINE: With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft. The Big East player of the year scored 18.7 points per game last season and excelled as a wing defender.

  • Julie Sanders