Lakers hold high aspirations for Lonzo Ball


The Los Angeles Lakers opted to keep the No. 2 pick in last night's NBA Draft to take Lonzo Ball instead of trading it for Paul George, but that isn't changing their future plans.

Before he handed Ball his No. 2 jersey on Thursday in front of local and national media at the Lakers practice facility, Johnson faced his new protege and warned that he was about to put some pressure on him. "He has the talent to be an All-Star".

"Magic Johnson is one of the greatest players to ever play... he's the best point guard to ever play, so I can learn a lot of things from him".

"I gotta ask. Does LaVar and Lonzo ... does the talent and the mouthpiece, does that all stem from you", the stranger asked, to which Grandpa Ball answered with a smile, "Yes it does."
So, why not build a "family, " or a group that makes each other better, instead of looking for a ball-dominant scorer who is a top 10, maybe top 5, player of all time.

Thanks to their pre-draft trade of guard D'Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers have a ton of cap space and flexibility in being able to lure-and hopefully land Palmdale-born product in Paul George, now of the Indiana Pacers. I'm happy. I'm excited.

Magic wants to get the right players with the right mindset.

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The sneaker's "Sho'time" theme is inspired by the Lakers' dominance during the 1980s with players such as Magic Johnson (current Lakers president of basketball operations) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

"It's just like James Worthy, Byron [Scott] and Coop (Michael Cooper) used to fight to get on the fast-break and into the lanes", Johnson said.

"I don't know what he's going to do". Moments after it became a reality at the draft in New York, LaVar pulled on a purple-and-gold hat featuring the logo of his Big Baller Brand company — and then declared Lonzo will lead the Lakers back to the playoffs next season as a rookie. Or he could always just blame the team, which usually goes over well, right? "He'll help improve our culture with the way he plays, the way he passes, his selfless nature, and that's why we took him". It's exciting times for the LA Lakers. He said that tides have turned and people want to play for the Lakers again.

"I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father", Johnson told ESPN in May.

The Lakers made a sneaky good trade late in the draft, moving down two spots from the No. 28 and acquiring a second round pick in the process.