Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers' grand rebuilding plan

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

But if the Lakers are disappointed in free agency again, they'll still have Ball - and his father, LaVar, who had promised for years that his son would end up with the Lakers.

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.

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.

"Watching so much tape of him", Johnson said, "you see yourself". We want to thank him for what he did for us.

The Lakers made it clear during the selection process they were looking for a leader to drive their young players, which include Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, Ivica Zubac, Julius Randle, Larry Nance, and say Ball can be that leader.

Johnson concluded and laughed, "I wouldn't have made that move if I didn't think I could use that money".

Everything is peachy in Hollywood right now, but we just finished episode one.

And who knows, maybe we can get Braun Strowman or The Big Show to take care of business and challenge LaVar to a match at the Staples Center.

When asked if his father might tone it down now that the family dream has been spoken into reality, Ball laughed. That's great for me because my backdoor slips, he's going to have the ball in the air for me. "(I could) learn a lot from him".

Walton gets it: After all, he is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, the genial basketball blowhard. (It's) playing basketball", Lonzo said, "which I've been playing my whole life.

The 2017 NBA Draft played out like most people thought it would.

Johnson chimed in, saying, "I think the main thing here is Lonzo, all he needs to do is play his game".

"What's incredible is that he's been, according to [Lonzo], his dad has been great". "I keep calling him Bravo because he was always independent". "You see yourself. You see Jason Kidd".

Ball was named the Pac-12's freshman of the year, beating out No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz from Washington.

While Lonzo certainly has a well-rounded skill-set - averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game for UCLA while leading the Bruins to the Sweet 16 - he's leaps and bounds behind Brady and Rodgers in his respective sport.

LaVar talked Lonzo becoming a Laker into existence, and he might just do the same about next year's playoffs.

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