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LaVar Ball gets booed as he leaves 2017 NBA Draft

24 June 2017

The Los Angeles Lakers introduced Lonzo Ball in a press conference to the media and fans today.

"Lonzo Ball is gonna take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year". But if the Lakers want Lonzo - and it seems they do after trading point guard D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn - they won't be turned off by LaVar.

The Lakers also don't appear anxious about attaching themselves to LaVar Ball, the voluble family patriarch with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons, one $495 pair of sneakers at a time. The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies also are without a pick, while Houston, New Orleans and Washington don't have one in the first round.

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Ball receives comparisons to Jason Kidd for his offensive abilities.

Ball is coming off a strong freshman season at UCLA where he led the nation with 7.6 assists per game while setting the school's season-single record with 274 assists.

But if the Lakers are disappointed in free agency again, they'll still have Ball - and his father, LaVar, who had promised for years that his son would end up with the Lakers.

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This isn't just a big moment for Lonzo, but also for LaVar and the rest of the Ball family.

It was the shock heard round the world when the Los Angeles Lakers suddenly chose to trade PG D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets just before the NBA Draft. "I want to see Lonzo Ball".

After the draft lottery, LaVar said, "I know I must be a genius to plan it this well". I think players around the National Basketball Association feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here. While on the show, Ball had a special message for superstar LeBron James, assuming he and James will be teammates on the Lakers squad.

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Kuzma impressed the Lakers in a recent draft workout with an outside shooting touch complementing his physical inside game.