Thursday, June 22, 2017

#NBADraft 17- #Lakers draft #LonzoBall as #2 overall pick! [details]


via ESPN:

Since last fall, the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball have seemed destined to collide: a storied, star-starved franchise in tatters but bound for the NBA lottery, where a homegrown star who helped resurrect the hallowed UCLA Bruins would be waiting.

Throughout his freshman campaign in Westwood, Ball, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound point guard reared in Chino Hills by his outspoken father, LaVar, delivered the sort of flashy highlights -- no-look passes, moonbeam 3-pointers and sky-walking slams -- that the Lakers have always craved.

On Thursday night, that destiny was realized.

The Lakers selected Ball second overall in the draft, giving the rebuilding team another promising young guard while setting up a season of intrigue about how Ball -- and, by proxy, his father's dominant presence -- will impact the NBA's glamour franchise.

Ball marks the first high-profile draftee under the new regime of Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations (and the player whom Ball patterned his game after), and Rob Pelinka, their general manager.

"It's crazy. I couldn't ask for anything more -- to be able to learn from [Johnson] every day is truly a blessing," Ball said after his selection.

Once the pingpong balls delivered the Lakers the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft on May 16, fate appeared in control.

"It is a wonderful feeling, but I already knew what was coming to him," LaVar said after his son's selection, making yet another guarantee -- that Lonzo will lead the Lakers back to the playoffs next season.

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