Magic Johnson on Russell: 'what I needed was a leader'

D'Angelo Russell played just well enough to haul the Lakers out of Mitch Kupchak's mess.

This is how Johnson welcomed Ball because this is also how the revered Dr. Buss welcomed him.

Since LaVar Ball has spent the last four months cutting WWE-style promos, it's only fitting he might end up appearing on the promotion's flagship television program.

Now that Lonzo Ball has been drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, his father, LaVar, isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Obviously like you said, he's a pass-first guy.

"DeAngelo is an excellent player, " Johnson said during the press conference.

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Now, Ball will be focused on bringing the Lakers back to the promise land. "He has the talent to be an All-Star".

On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers took their next step toward a brighter future during the 2017 NBA Draft. We want to thank him for what he did for us. "But what I needed was a leader", Johnson told reporters". Though a dream of many talented and promising college players, the 19-year-old wasn't intrigued by the possibility of going number one overall since the Lakers were destined to take second in the draft. He and general manager Rob Pelinka have a good feeling about what they are building with Ball and the rest of the new-look Lakers. I mean, look here, there's nobody that's hoping he does better than me because that makes me look good, too.

Everything is peachy in Hollywood right now, but we just finished episode one. In a single breath, Johnson anointed Ball "the new face of the Lakers" and "the guy who will lead us back to where we want to get to".

He added: "There's just a renewed energy around here". The relationship between Buss and Johnson is of legend, the pair out on the town, going to boxing matches together, the Kings of L.A. It was that relationship that ultimately guided Jeanie Buss to replace her real brother, Jim, with the man who her dad always treated like another son.

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