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Magic Johnson welcomes Lonzo Ball to the Lakers

Magic Johnson welcomes Lonzo Ball to the Lakers

Then, he guaranteed Lonzo would take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year.

THEIR TIME TO SHINE: With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft.

"I think it definitely doesn't help", Ball said of his father's notoriety.

Knicks fans usually don't have any trouble seeing red on draft night, but French guard Frank Ntilikina left no doubt as Phil Jackson picked him with the No. 8 selection. "Just had a good feeling, and changed them five minutes before when they was on the clock, and I'm glad they called my name".

Lakers coach Luke Walton has played down LaVar Ball's claim his son Lonzo will lead the club to the playoffs next season, saying he'll settle for a couple of Summer League victories for now. "He's going to do what he does, and we're going to do what we do, and we're going to get after it here".

"According to the media I have a lot of targets on me", he quipped. LaMelo wore a flashy bright red suit. "So when I get home I'll get to talk to her". I think players around the National Basketball Association feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.




"I'm sure [Lonzo will] fit into our culture".

Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers. "And all I can say is, we walked away from that time really impressed with the family".

Philadelphia, of course, passed on Ball in favor of Washington product Markelle Fultz.

"Of course Embiid everyone knows him from Twitter and how amusing he is and how good of a person he is".

"I think it will make it more challenging, a little bit, but I think every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back", Walton said. "Once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that".


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