Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball

While LaVar Ball has all the confidence in the world that Lonzo Ball will lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the playoffs, the National Basketball Association is a team sport.

He also predicted that Lonzo Ball would lead the Los Angeles Lakers to the playoffs his first year.

I've figured this out: He's become a heel, a la the WWE (The Ringer's Rodger Sherman, as you see from his tweet, agrees).

"I'm just thankful for everybody helping me get here, and I'm truly blessed to be able to play for my hometown, and I can't wait to get on the court", Ball said.

The Lakers were a 26-win team last season, so that's a helluva turnaround to guarantee.

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. When I was a young player I had a target on my back from my own teammates because of things my dad said, but it ended up working out.

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The Lakers fulfilled the vision of Lonzo Ball's garrulous, provocative father, selecting the virtuoso passer from UCLA with the second overall pick. After that bit of serendipity, the Lakers made their plans for Ball well-known earlier this week when they agreed to trade Russell.

Lonzo, according to Walton, fits what the Lakers are trying to do offensively.

Lonzo Ball didn't blink at his father's latest pronouncement: "You don't play to lose, so that's definitely the goal".

"I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father", Johnson told ESPN in May. "Without putting too much pressure on a young 19-year-old, we all know there are players that have played in the league-the Steve Nashs and the Jason Kidds-that have had that ability to make others around them better, and of course Magic Johnson being the North Star for everyone".

Part of the haul for the Los Angeles Lakers' trade with the Brooklyn Nets included the No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 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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