LaVar Ball gets booed mercilessly by crowd at NBA Draft

In particular, Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka foresee Ball making an immediate impact by unlocking his teammates' potential through his passing.

Walton heard the voices of those fans he said he encountered around town, imploring the Lakers to draft Ball, a 19-year-old who did not leave home for college and now won't have to for the National Basketball Association.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). He'll have some tough competition for his first year in the league, though, with two No. 1 draft picks in Philly also vying for the award. Grandpa Ball says he calls his son "Bravo", for reasons you might have already guessed. "You look to your right you see some jersey's hanging up on that wall".

According to a report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Ball and WWE have been working to get the Big Baller Brand father on WWE television when they invade Los Angeles next week for RAW.

Long before the first one-and-done prospect even declared this year, National Basketball Association executives were salivating over the crop of point guards, including Fultz, Ball, De'Aaron Fox of Kentucky, Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State and French product Frank Ntilikina.

Johnson even referenced the 1980s Showtime Lakers - a team he led - when talking about the ball movement that he hopes Ball will bring to the Lakers.

Lonzo Ball puts on a cap as he approaches the stage after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in NY.

One has to think in Philadelphia, Ben Simmons will have an edge this coming season.

"I'm going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset", Johnson said.

"DeAngelo is an excellent player, " Johnson said during the press conference. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader.

However, in order to complete the recent trade, the Lakers were forced to ship both guard D'Angelo Russell and another center in Timofey Mozgov back to the "Big Apple". Among the players who can or will be unrestricted free agents next summer include George, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. The tide has turned. It's not the first time he's made his postseason boast, saying after the draft lottery in May that the Lakers would "make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there".

"I think LaVar is going to be LaVar", Pelinka said.

"There's just a renewed energy around here", Pelinka said.

Ball enjoyed every second of it. (It's) playing basketball", Lonzo said, "which I've been playing my whole life.

Moments after Lonzo Ball was selected, his father, LaVar, guaranteed the eldest Ball boy would lead the Lakers to the playoffs.

Magic and LaVar appear to believe in Lonzo with equal fervor, if such a thing is possible.

There's just one hitch, though.

  • Julie Sanders