Lonzo Ball Introduced as 'New Face of the Lakers'

After Thursday's draft, LaVar proclaimed, "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year".

Grandpa Ball-who claims he didn't let LaVar play sports competitively until 10th grade-sounded excited about what the future had in store for his grandsons, and he said LaVar took the family out to a lavish dinner in New York City after Lonzo was drafted. I see Larry Nance.

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.

Firstly, Johnson dubbed the young stud as the new face of the franchise, which is already enormous pressure when the greatness and history of the Lakers are considered. With the WWE's Monday Night Raw heading out to the West Coast, next week's episode will emanate from Los Angeles.

Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/878052762537181184 Luke Walton on LaVar's playoff prediction: "Right now I want (Lonzo) to lead us to a couple of summer league victories".

Pelinka said that Ball's play will be "infectious" and make his teammates more willing passers as well.

"I'm happy to be home, and I'm ready to get to work", Ball said as he formally joined the Lakers on Friday after getting chosen with the No. 2 overall pick.

Lonzo Ball answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. "I'm truly blessed to be able to play in my hometown, and I can't wait to get on the court".

"And (Lakers coach) Luke (Walton) and the coaching staff will do the same thing and it's OK, because he receives all that well", Johnson said in the presser, via ESPN.

If the Lakers can still find a way to add Paul George to the roster and add another top flight free agent along with him, Lakers fans will see that the Russell trade was a worthwhile one. The tide has turned. It's exciting times for the L.A. Lakers.

They might not want to deal with not just a player but a "brand" - in the mind of his father. Just everything he's going to teach me is going to be useful.

If you ever wondered who taught LaVar Ball, the father of Lakers PG Lonzo Ball, how to act the way he does - look no further than Grandpa Ball. "His name is LaVar, but I keep calling him Bravo because he was always independent".

  • Julie Sanders