Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pick

Posted June 23, 2017

The Lakers' pick came right after the Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 selection.

In fact, he was so confident his son would be chosen by Los Angeles (by the hands of Zeus) that he had a Big Baller Brand hat ready - in Lakers colors.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have picked former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball in the National Basketball Association draft, setting up what they hope will be the start of a reversal in the team's recent misfortunes. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. But Lonzo has a lot to show and prove as a springboard for what the Ball brothers can do. The Lakers brought in each of the four in for individual workouts, including Ball. The team traded D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for veteran center Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the draft. What helps him stands apart are the more intangible factors. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot.

Lonzo Ball usually grins and sighs when his father gets on the microphone, but he openly acknowledged he wanted to land with the Lakers, who needed a fortunate showing in the draft lottery just to end up with the second pick.