Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers' grand rebuilding plan

Meanwhile, LaVar Ball continues with his overrated remarks about his son Lonzo, who recently got drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid asks teammate Ben Simmons to dunk on Lonzo Ball after the Los Angels Lakers draft him.

"I'm a very optimistic person, but I don't look that far into the future", Walton said at the team's practice facility, where a group of season-ticket holders and sponsors gathered for a draft party. "I got two more boys, I gotta come to the same thing [for] two more years". Johnson, the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations, is convinced that Ball - who has owned a giant spotlight even since his high school days - is one who will thrive under such expectations.

Just moments after Lonzo was officially drafted, Big Baller Brand announced the latest ZO2 style in a Lakers-themed "Sho'time" colorway.

"From the words of Zeus, Jesus everybody said he was gonna be a Laker", LaVar Ball told ESPN when the decision was announced.

Before he handed Ball his No. 2 jersey on Thursday in front of local and national media at the Lakers practice facility, Johnson faced his new protege and warned that he was about to put some pressure on him.

The Lakers' draft selections seem to match to that vision.

The elder Ball's plan to have his son drafted to the Lakers worked to perfection, as the California native can remain close to his son while continuing to explore opportunities for his other two sons. I talked to, I think, four teachers, they all said at different times, this guy, everybody attracts to this guy. Ball, unlike D'Angelo Russell, is a facilitator and will look to elevate his teammates. He has the talent to be an All-Star. "I think when this really came into focus for us was, we knew the talent was transcendent".

Despite the bluster associated with LaVar Ball, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said spending time with the Ball family at their home helped him to appreciate the patriarch.

The Lakers got rid of the final three seasons of center Timofey Mozgov's $64 million contract in the deal, acquiring mobile center Brook Lopez - who has one year left on his deal - and the 27th overall pick used to get Utah forward Kyle Kuzma.

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