27 June, 2017
So before Ball hits the ground running in the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League, here are the five main reasons this was the right selection for the Lakers. Everyone was rightfully excited. "All I can do is go out there and play".
Hall of Fame basketball player Magic Johnson, who is new president of basketball operations for the Lakers, said last month that he would not let such controversies dissuade the team from picking Lonzo Ball and held true to his world in Thursday's draft. That would have guaranteed that Lonzo Ball would have been drafted by a different team. Like most fans, I was devastated when I saw Woj's tweet. The way Paul Heyman gloats about Brock Lesnar, you'd think that he'd have more merch than just the "I'm A Paul Heyman Guy" shirt. The Lakers' future was no longer filled with excitement because the present moment felt too unreal. Whether it's real or mere perception, both teams are under dynamic new management ready to rock and roll on the trade market and free agency, hoping for dramatic advances ... and a real shot at the ultimate prize, LeBron James, a 2018 free agent. One way would have been patience. "We want to start building a successful team, and you have to have a great leader and somebody that can make their teammates better, somebody who has incredible basketball IQ - the IQ is off the charts - somebody who can get their teammates to follow them". Not all of us appreciated it at first, but nevertheless, we bought it. "So I'm looking to go in there and just learn from Day One ..." He was our player.
As fans, it is hard to find a connection with our team's front office. Would they look to train down and acquire more assets?
And now, they are just as likely to come play in the US instead of staying with their national or club team. We connected with Russell because of his style of play and bravado.
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"We're fine. We want expectations. And (Lakers coach) Luke (Walton) and the coaching staff will do the same thing and it's OK, because he receives all that well", Johnson said in the presser, via ESPN. Thursday, the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Thomas Bryant.
As Magic's Magic, Lonzo's the type of unselfish player who makes everyone around him better ... or, in other words, the kind of player the Lakers haven't had since Magic.
Perhaps the best way WWE could use Ball would be as a mentor or competitor to Titus O'Neil, who is now pushing his "Titus Brand" on the program.