Lonzo Ball makes case for LeBron James to join him on Lakers

Lonzo Ball makes case for LeBron James to join him on Lakers

In fact, he was so confident his son would be chosen by Los Angeles (by the hands of Zeus) that he had a Big Baller Brand hat ready - in Lakers colors.

The Lakers selected Ball with the second overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night, staking a big portion of their future on the talented UCLA playmaker.

With UCLA last season, Ball had a standout year as a freshman, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting 41.2 percent from three and 55.1 percent from the field.

For a time, there appeared to be a genuine split within the Lakers as whether to draft Ball or Jackson, but as the Draft approached, the Lakers began settling in on Ball as their man.

"Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year", LaVar said.


The L.A. native Ball gets his wish as he will continue to play in his hometown for the Lakers.

Ball seems certain to become the starting point guard in coach Luke Walton's up-tempo offense after D'Angelo Russell is traded to Brooklyn. Once LA had the no. 2 pick, the Ball family celebrated the inevitable move to the Lakers as destiny.

But as great as Ball was on the court, it's his father LaVar who has garnered most of the attention for his eye-opening comments, comparing his son to the likes of Steph Curry and Jason Kidd.

Substantive criticism of his game include an unorthodox jump shot that may make it hard to score on the pro level, somewhat average defense and either an unwillingness or inability to consistently get to the rim.

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