Magic Johnson is optimistic about summer of 2018

A keen Reddit user watching Lonzo Ball's livestream during the National Basketball Association draft overheard what sounds like Lavar discussing the possibility of appearing on Raw shortly before his son was drafted to the Lakers.

"He was quick and he was strong and he was 9 years old, and they wanted him to play with 14- and 15-year-olds, and I said no, so that's why he got a late start", Grandpa Ball said. "We knew on a basketball standpoint there were no questions". "Right now, I'm hoping [Lonzo] leads us to a couple summer league victories, and we'll take it from there."?

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

"You look to your right you see some jersey's hanging up on that wall", Johnson said, pointing to the row of retired jerseys hanging across the Lakers' practice facility.

The elder Ball's plan to have his son drafted to the Lakers worked to perfection, as the California native can remain close to his son, while continuing to explore opportunities for his other two sons.

"D'Angelo is an excellent player", Johnson said (via ESPN). "Come see me when he does, I'll have another hat on that says 'I told ya so'". I'm fine where we are.

Immediately after the conference, during which Magic Johnson jokingly begged Ball to let him keep at least one of his franchise records, Ball was shuttled to Dodger Stadium along with his agent, Harrison Gaines, his youngest brother LaMelo, and a few other friends. That's what we saw watching so much tape of him.

"It's not just me". And I said, okay, that's all I needed to hear.

On Friday, LaVar was asked about his remark. The Timberwolves went 31-51 in a disappointing first-year campaign under coach Tom Thibodeau and have the NBA's longest playoff drought, having not made the postseason since 2003-04.

That would enough cap space for the Lakers to sign two players to max contracts, fulfilling their goal of adding two superstars. I wouldn't have made that move if I didn't think I could use that money.

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