OGDEN: Who will go where? NBA Draft is tonight

Immediately after Lonzo was selected with the No. 2 pick of the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, LaVar said on ESPN: "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year".

CONCERNS: He is considered a longer-range project that some of the American point guards in the draft, in part because of the level of competition he has played against and questions about his offensive game.

Back in March, for promotion of Cube's new BIG3 League, the former N.W.A member issued a challenge to LaVar Ball to make a 30-foot jumper, which in the BIG3 League counts for four points.

Markelle Fultz will be a better player in the National Basketball Association than Lonzo Ball because of his ability to do things needed to thrive at the next level.

"That was said about me in college, said about me in high school", he said.

Although the Lakers have been his family's team since before he could walk, Ball said he hasn't been to many games in person: "My dad didn't like the seats, because I guess they were too small for him". Russell and Timofey Mozgov's onerous contract went to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick, Utah forward Kyle Kuzma.

Me: So were you into trading cards when you were growing up?

Tatum will nearly certainly be the first Duke player off the board, with Luke Kennard and Harry Giles projected to go a bit later in the middle of the first round.

Me: What was the moment when you first knew you had a real shot at playing in the National Basketball Association?

Lonzo Ball didn't blink at his father's latest pronouncement: "You don't play to lose, so that's definitely the goal. I want to stay home".

During a meeting earlier in the season, Ball's squad won 97-92 at Rupp Arena, but Fox outplayed Ball with 20 points and 9 rebounds compared to 14 and 7 from the Bruins' point guard.

When asked about LaVar's playoffs prediction, Lakers coach Luke Walton smiled.

LB: (laughs) I mean, I'll give them to him for free. "He's going to do what he does and we're going to do what we do and we're going to get after it here".

"I think LaVar is going to be LaVar", Pelinka said. And Lonzo revealed what he would say to LeBron to try and get him to come to L.A. I agree that all of those players will be off the board by the time the Magic pick at No. 6. If not, expect the Knicks to select global prospect Frank Ntilikina, who has made it known that he would like to play for Dallas, which picks at No. 9. "The great ones all have it, and we hope that by the way he plays, everyone else on our team becomes better".

  • Julie Sanders