Why Lakers Prefer Lonzo Ball Over D'Angelo Russell As Team Leader

Los Angeles Lakers among the five winners of 2017 NBA Draft

The team president, Magic Johnson, had high praise for the 19-year-old at the start of the press conference.

At the moment, Lavar Ball is a relevant figure in pop culture, and he can provide WWE with the mainstream attention that they crave. Lonzo supported his father's words and said bringing the team to the postseason is the "goal".

Ball's appearance before the Dodgers' matchup against the Colorado Rockies culminated a whirlwind day and a half, that began with his selection in Thursday's NBA draft in New York.

During the segment, LaMelo Ball twice used a racial slur that was broadcast over the air. "He does that. So Lonzo is fine with it and laughs about it".

Of course, Johnson owns one of those coveted jerseys, so, what did Ball think about Johnson's challenge? But, if it was something that the Lakers thought they could make work, they probably would have tried to do it.

"To me, it's not going to be that big of an issue". I talked to - I think it was - four teachers.

In addition to the salary dump, the move cleared out a potential logjam in the Lakers backcourt.

The Lakers were able to add an additional draft pick by trading the 28th pick for the 30th and 42nd pick. "I needed somebody that can also make the other players better.that players want to play with". Ugh, this is real.

He should spend some time with the Lakers' G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, for a good chunk of the season. Unfortunately, his father wound up generating as many headlines as his son for all the wrong reasons.

Regardless of the questions posed, Ball answered with confidence, without hesitation and devoid of superfluous language.

"Hey man, LeBron, I like to win and I know you like to win".

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz and Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who are former Pac-12 foes, are poised to be the NBA's next great rivalry. In addition, the Timberwolves made a big move to transform themselves from an annual also-ran to a strong postseason contender, acquiring Jimmy Butler in a trade from the Bulls, giving the Lakers yet another major obstacle.

"I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now", Johnson said, glancing in Ball's direction. Let's grade each of the picks. We felt through this draft process. The tide has turned.

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