Lakers Choose Lonzo Ball With Second Pick in 2017 NBA Draft

When interviewed by ESPN after Lonzo's name was called, LaVar was his usual boisterous self, even going as far as to guarantee that his son will lead the Lakers to the Playoffs next season.

TMZ Sports caught up with LaVar's father outside of LAX, who was in a happy mood after Lonzo was selected #2 overall in the NBA Draft, and he made it clear that everything LaVar Ball knows - he taught him. "I think we're going to get him in hopefully a really great situation", said Lin, who is scheduled to earn $12.5 million next season and has a player's option worth the same amount for the 2018-19 season.

The Lakers have missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, their longest postseason drought in franchise history, and are coming off a 26-56 season, the third-worst record in the National Basketball Association. "And I'm ready to get to work". He comes in as one of the team's most hyped draft picks in years.

"I talked about that with coach Brad Stevens", Tatum said.

Although Lonzo is not as vocal as his father, he also believed he would be playing for his hometown team as it has been a lifetime dream. The Nets are hoping Russell can bring long-term stability at the point guard position, allowing them to freely use their veterans as trade chips.

"We feel like Lonzo is a transcendent talent, and Magic and I knew the moment we scouted his game, the type of player he was and how he was raised", Pelinka said. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offence in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.

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For the Lakers, the move was essentially a salary dump, as it allowed them to shed Mozgov's hefty salary - he's entering the second year of a 4-year, $64 million deal - and take on Lopez' expiring contract. "I said, OK, we've got our man now".

"I understand how to build in terms of championship teams".

"That will make it more challenging a little bit, but I think that every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back", Walton said. We're back. This draft is outstanding-not just Lonzo; Kyle (Kuzma); Josh (Hart); Thomas (Bryant). "He doesn't need to change; just play his game".

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