Lonzo Ball Wants ToBe a Laker… Kind Of

On March 28, 2017, in Sporting News, by Buddy TB

Lonzo BallLonzo Ball is one of the biggest revelations of this season in NCAA basketball and during the last few months he has delighted UCLA fans with his outstanding moves and effective passes on the basketball court.

During the season he averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game numbers that earned him the Freshman of the year honors and got him elected to the first All-American team.

After concluding this season at UCLA now Ball only thinks about the draft, where he expects to be among the first players taken.

Now, with a couple of months until the draft Ball should think about his media exposure and the consequences that it could have on his draft. Most of the exposure has been a product of the comments made by his father and spokesman, LaVar Ball, who said that he wantedLonzo to play for Los Angeles Lakers.

In order to avoid any misunderstanding that could cost Lonzo a high draft pick they both went to ESPN’s First Take program, where Lonzo said that he will play for any team.

“I will play on any team. The NBA is the NBA. But it would be a blessing to be able to do so for the Lakers. I am from Los Angeles and this is where my whole family lives.”

The problem was that a few months ago his father LaVar said he would only play for the Lakers, but then he had to retract. “I wish he was a Laker, but he won’t just play for the Lakers. I want to see him there because it’s the home team and I would love him to learn from Magic Johnson.”

Despite the controversial comments, if Ball becomes one of the top picks of the NBA draft he could end up playing for the Boston Celtics, who own a pick from the Brooklyn Nets, the Phoenix Suns or the New York Knicks.

A problem for ball is that the Lakers already have D’Angelo Russell in his position so he would most likely not play in is usual position.

We will have to wait until June 22 to find out what happens with Ball and what team ends taking a chance on him.

 

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