Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick

Clyde Nash
June 23, 2017

Lonzo Ball and his dad are staying home with the Los Angeles Lakers.

With the Lakers, University of Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball potentially represents what the Lakers have been seeking.

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The Lakers, and other National Basketball Association talent evaluators, have praised Ball's court vision, but they also see leadership qualities in his temperament, pass-first mentality and scoring that make them believe he can run the team's offense and help guide a young roster.

LaVar Ball's proclamation came to life Thursday night. 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 vowed Lonzo will lead the Lakers back to the playoffs next season as a rookie. Ball has made no secret of his desire to play for his hometown Lakers, who reportedly dealt starting point guard D'Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets in a cap-clearing move that left the point guard spot for Ball. Ball raised his family in the Los Angeles suburbs.

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Comparisons to Jason Kidd have followed Ball since high school, and his continued improvement has strengthened its validity.

Substantive criticism of his game include an unorthodox jump shot that may make it hard to score on the pro level, somewhat average defense and either an unwillingness or inability to consistently get to the rim.

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