Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Grandpa Ball Says He Taught LaVar Everything He Knows

In this case, with Lonzo Ball being drafted by the Lakers on Thursday, it makes sense that nothing is in place just yet.

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.

Ball was only the first of three first-rounders though. "Don't break all my records". That's a lot of shade to throw at a 21-year-old!

Ball will wear No. 2 on his jersey.

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"There's something very, very special about his basketball abilities", Pelinka said of Ball. And while analysts don't expect Ball to carry the Lakers into next year's postseason, there is strong belief around the league that the team will return to winning ways in the near future.

There had been a great deal of speculation in the media that the Lakers were actually considering trading the second pick in the draft.

He's not shy, he doesn't mumble and he doesn't come off as timid. In late May, he liked a tweet which insinuated that the Lakers drafting UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball would be a bad idea with Russell still on the team. "He has the talent to be an All-Star". While a pick in the late 20s may seem too late to draft a quality player, in today's National Basketball Association, there are so many prospects available that the 27th pick could turn out to be a solid contributor, or perhaps even a gem.

So much for the notion that the Lakers would try to minimize the pressure the garrulous LaVar Ball has heaped on his son. "I talked to the principal. I needed somebody that could also make the other players better and also somebody that players want to play with". He was a leader. Listen, we aren't TMZ so I'm not going to highlight every one of Russell's hiccups in L.A. but Sports Illustrated has you covered here.

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Los Angeles head coach Luke Walton was asked about Ball's remark, ESPN reported.

Going forward, they'll now be in the full control of a one and done kid from Chino Hills. I've got to have a really good relationship with Lonzo.

Johnson added nearly as an afterthought, "And then, visiting with Lonzo was special". Moments after Lonzo Ball was selected, his father, LaVar, guaranteed the eldest Ball boy would lead the Lakers to the playoffs. The teenage king was greeted by an adoring public, effectively ratifying the start of his reign. "You see yourself. You see Jason Kidd". Do you see it? Okay, then. I've always bet on myself, right? "I'm not insane, I know it's going to take us a while to build". I know she is happy at home for sure. It's exciting times for the LA Lakers. "We're going to sit and just talk".

He believes the amount of cap space they have will get them major players for the next summer. The tide has turned. People want to play here again. "I'm used to it by now".

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