Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball

Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday

Shortly after drafting Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, the second-year head coach admitted he's not quite ready to make those type of guarantees with the season still months away.

"I told you. From the words of Zeus, Jesus, everybody said he gonna be a Laker", LaVar Ball told broadcasters before the draft started, according to USA Today. As a reminder, the Lakers only won 26 games a season ago, and they're coming off the four worst seasons since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.

Love him or hate him, you can not help but hate-watch the walking-talking BBB billboard of 24-7 marketing, hype and social media savvy in LaVar. "Right now, I'm hoping he leads us to a couple Summer League victories, and we'll take it from there".

"Time with (the Ball) family really helped crystalize our decision", Pelinka said late Thursday night, after the draft had wrapped up.

The Lakers fulfilled the vision of Lonzo Ball's garrulous, provocative father, selecting the virtuoso passer from UCLA with the second overall pick.

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LaVar Ball - a former player for American football team the London Monarchs - is Lonzo's father and has been his main representative and leading cheerleader.

"To be a Pelican, and to play with unbelievable guys like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, it's going to be awesome", Jackson said.

Hart is able to do a little bit of everything. Walton was asked about that statement and just laughed it off.

Enter LaVar Ball, the father of newly minted L.A. Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball. "The best players in this league want to set the tone with these young players early, to let them know what it's like here". It may have been overshadowed in the moment, but those freshmen, and so many more, made the 2017 draft one to remember. This past season, Hart led the Big East in points per game (18.1), player efficiency rating (28.1) and win shares (7.7).

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