Lakers' Luke Walton: LaVar's claims will initially pressure Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

Lonzo Ball's draft stock stays strong with Lakers watching

Ball, a 6ft 6ins point guard from Anaheim who broke the UCLA record for most assists in a season, was selected by the Lakers with the second pick.

Although his father, the braggadocious LaVar Ball has garnered tremendous attention for his unusual and oftentimes downright rude antics, it's simply time to focus on Lonzo the player and phase LaVar out of the picture.

Tuesday, the Lakers traded guard D'Angelo Russell and center Tim Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for center Brooke Lopez and the No. 27 pick in this year's draft.

CONCERNS It is unclear how well his offensive game and unorthodox shot will translate to the National Basketball Association, though he shot 55 percent overall and 41 percent from three-point range with the Bruins.

Throughout the process, it was reported the Lakers were considering several options with the second pick, but ultimately came back to Ball. Not to mention a promising position at the end of the first round of the draft where the Lakers can score another quality prospect.

The Lakers are reportedly still trying to acquire George, but Ball isn't believed to be involved in those discussions. We think there's a really good chance the player we'll take at 3 is the same player we would have taken at 1.

Walton gets it: After all, he is the son of Hall of Famer Bill Walton, the genial basketball blowhard.

"What's incredible is that he's been, according to [Lonzo], his dad has been great". He's always been there for him.

If Thursday night was any indication, the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers may soon have a little rivalry on their hands. "He obviously loves him, and that's what you want out of a father, so I'm not overly concerned with that". It's a huge "if", but if Embiid and Simmons can stay on the court, they would help form an imposing young trio, with the addition of Thursday's No. 1 pick, Markelle Fultz.

"Aye man, LeBron, I like to win, I know you like to win", Ball said. He was the conference's first player to average 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists per game since Kidd did it at California.

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