LaVar just can't let Lonzo enjoy his National Basketball Association draft moment

After Lonzo Ball was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, his father, LaVar, wasn't shy about proclaiming his belief the team would make the postseason in 2017-18.

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He ranked first in minutes played in the PAC-12, so rumors regarding his conditioning weren't taken into consideration.

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"I'm happy to be home", Ball said.

If the Lakers plan on stretching their cap space to sign a few blockbuster free agents, their ability to complement those players with young, low-priced talent is critical.

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Prior to the pitch, Ball played catch with a ball girl and snapped photos with a few wide-eyed fans. "I think the great teams in today's game, the ball's moving around the perimeter and three-point shots are being made".

"I'm going to put a little pressure on you right now", Johnson said, glancing in Ball's direction. 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.

LaVar Ball talked his son Lonzo becoming a Laker into existence, and he might just do the same about next year's playoffs. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers, and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.

"I'm a very optimistic person, but I don't look that far into the future".

But Magic and Pelinka believe they will succeed where Buss and Kupchak failed, thanks to what they see as an intriguing young core headlined by Ball and wing Brandon Ingram, last season's No. 2 overall pick.

There are other players who really don't want to go a certain direction and shoot the ball (James Harden, a lefty who really hates going right) and players who shoot across their face (Kevin Durant), but both of those players have prodigious physical gifts that more than compensate for the "deficiency".

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