Lakers Select Lonzo Ball Number 2 Overall In NBA Draft

Then, in March, ESPN reported that LaVar had set a price of $1 billion on an endorsement deal that covered all three of his sons.

The Los Angeles Lakers opted to keep the No. 2 pick in last night's NBA Draft to take Lonzo Ball instead of trading it for Paul George, but that isn't changing their future plans.

The Los Angeles Lakers landed their first-choice player from this year's National Basketball Association draft class as highly-rated college prospect Lonzo Ball joined his hometown franchise.

"It was a pleasure to play for you guys", Kuzma said in a tweet declaring his decision. At the time, LaVar was said to be hoping to convince one of the big shoe companies to license the #Big Baller Brand. "You can't really tell by my emotions, but I feel good". What if? I don't live on what ifs. The 19-year-old struggles keeping opposing guards with speed out of the paint, as was the case in the NCAA Tournament when Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox got the best of him. I see Larry Nance.

For now, though, the Lakers will bank on Ball helping revive a franchise that last made the playoffs in 2013.

The team's head coach, Luke Walton, was asked about that lofty goal Thursday night and initially took the high road.

But few of those are as entertaining as the saga of this silhouette, pushed largely by Lonzo's outspoken father, LaVar.

"I think LaVar is going to be LaVar", Pelinka said. When I was a young player I had a target on my back from my own teammates because of things my dad said, but it ended up working out. He's always been there. "I'm used to it by now". Players that are chosen number two overall are expected to be cornerstone players for the next decade.

Does he expect his father to keep a lower profile? For Ball, it's not just about staying home. "That's what you want from a father, so I'm not overly concerned with it".

"He's his own man", Walton said of the elder Ball. That is what Lavar was going for because he also promoted his son every chance he would get. "We're going to be very aggressive, but also very smart".

"I'm sure [Lonzo will] fit into our culture".

"All of us know that he has the ability to make other players around him better".

Right after Lonzo was selected by Los Angeles, Ball, as usual, had something to say.

"I really don't have one", he said in a voice best described as subdued.

Simmons, who was the No. 1 overall selection a year ago, wasn't impressed with LaVar Ball's braggadocio.

"I think it complements my game very well", he added, without bragging.

Assuming he does get drafted by the Lakers, Lonzo will one day play a part in trying to recruit LeBron James to the team.

  • Julie Sanders