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Hometown standout Lonzo Ball eager to play for LA Lakers

Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 15:03

It's exciting times for the LA Lakers.

The Indiana Pacers selected Leaf in the first round as the 18th overall pick, 16 spots behind teammate Lonzo Ball.

"Inspired by an iconic era, the ZO2 "Sho'time" colorway comes just in time to start a new era of dominance on the court," reads the official product description.

Johnson - who even went and spoke to Ball's principal and teachers at Chino Hills High - sees this teenager as a leader of men.

Clearly, LaVar Ball is better at coaching up his sons than coaching up himself.

That would enough cap space for the Lakers to sign two players to max contracts, fulfilling their goal of adding two superstars.

"Yes! Yes!" the elder Ball told ESPN not far from where other families and draft picks sat by the stage.

Simmons, who was the No. 1 overall selection a year ago, wasn't impressed with LaVar Ball's braggadocio.


Also going to the Lakers are the rights to forward Kyle Kuzma, who was drafted with the 27th pick.

Hollywood now has, at least, another showman.

The Lakers, of course, finished with the NBA's third-worst record last season, so that'd be quite the monumental achievement. Lavar Ball made a habit of making controversial statements on national talk shows that generated a ton of publicity. "You would imagine most fans are behind him". The Lakers went with Thomas Bryant with the No. 42 pick which they also got from the Jazz. Jackson, who played just one season at Duke, was taken with the 31st overall pick by Charlotte, but was then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers received Brook Lopez along with the 27th pick, and send D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn. Magic and Pelinka firmly believe the Lakers' famous brand and young core will be attractive to a free-agent class likely to include Paul George, LeBron James and other proven veterans. And that's where the plan gets muddy. "That was the team I thought I had the best vibe with, and I wanted to be a Laker".

Those words cut deep and the purple and gold plasma flowed.

That's where the Boston Celtics are scheduled to pick after moving down two spots in a trade with Philadelphia, giving the 76ers the right to select Fultz with their second No. 1 pick in two years. Never truly seized control of this city's wanting basketball imagination.

The Clippers have made significant efforts to change that. They're winners. They come from winning programs.

Last week the Clippers announced they had taken the initial steps to explore building their own arena, one that would house no banners until they earn their own. With the Golden State Warriors loaded with star power, Pelinka and Johnson seem aware that pulling out all the stops is the only way to compete in the West.

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