Lonzo seen as new face of Lakers

The 19-year-old point guard who is from Anaheim, a few miles from Los Angeles has been compared with the likes of Magic Johnson, who heads the basketball operations of the Lakers. Moments after Lonzo Ball was selected, his father, LaVar, guaranteed the eldest Ball boy would lead the Lakers to the playoffs. That's definitely the goal. LaVar Ball was booed relentlessly last night as he left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Wearing a custom No. 2 Dodgers jersey, des, Ball appeared comfortable with the attention, telling the crowd over the stadium PA system that it's something he's learned to deal with over the course of his high school and college career.

Ball smiled and didn't seem at all overwhelmed by the extra cameras and coverage, "I'm used to all the media, and it's nice talking to you guys". What if? I don't live on what ifs.

That is a question we can never answer, only speculate and argue - but isn't that the fun part of sports when no one's nose gets broken?

Back in the days, it was Magic Johnson and Julius Erving, now it's the new crop of players in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Lonzo Ball.

Walton said he expected LaVar's comments will, at least initially, apply pressure on Lonzo.

"I got a two more boys, I'm gonna come and do the same thing two more years". "If I can come halfway short, you know it'll be good". With his dad, LaVar Ball, as his hype man, there will be a target on Ball's back. "I keep calling him Bravo because he was always independent".

He added: "There's just a renewed energy around here".

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"He has greatness written all over him", Johnson said.

I can remember a guy that played for the Soviets and Lithuanians - Arvydas Sabonis - that was 7-3 and considered one of the best European players of all time.

Does he expect his father to keep a lower profile??

On Friday, LaVar was asked about his remark.

"To Brook Lopez, a huge personal thank you for your integrity and commitment to the team over the last nine years", Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. We're going to sit and watch film together. "We're going to go to lunch and dinners". I'm sure [Lonzo will] fit into our culture. With a lot of young talent surrounding him, Ball will be able to help those players grow.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka again praised Ball's court vision. I talked to - I think it was - four teachers. And with his son playing in his hometown of Los Angeles, you're going to be getting a healthy dose of the Ball family on TV, on the radio, and everywhere else you can think of moving forward.

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

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