Magic Johnson calls Lonzo Ball 'the new face of the Lakers'

Magic Johnson calls Lonzo Ball 'the new face of the Lakers'

Magic Johnson calls Lonzo Ball 'the new face of the Lakers'

After comparing his own son to the league's first-ever unanimous MVP in Steph Curry, the undisputed Michael Jordan, LaVar pulled his greatest stroke of marketing genius magic-like that pun, eh!-in doubling down by proclaiming that the Lakers will make the playoffs next season.

That led Nike consultant George Raveling to call LaVar Ball "the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years", per ESPN. He went on to describe Ball lacking any sort of "filter". That is what Lavar was going for because he also promoted his son every chance he would get. In the end, Ball's talent and extreme upside was too much to pass on.

In late April, Fox Sports reported that Adidas, Nike, and Under Armour had each declined to enter into a deal with the $1 billion price tag Ball was asking.

On the defensive end, he will be a nice complement to both Jordan Clarkson and Lonzo Ball, who are now the team's lone point guards going into the 2017-18 season. CBS described the comments being "quickly walked back".

The Lakers also aren't anxious about attaching themselves to LaVar Ball, the voluble family patriarch with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons, one $495 pair of sneakers at a time. "Come see me when he does, I'll have another hat on that says 'I told ya so'".

"Hey man, LeBron, I like to win and I know you like to win", Ball said looking at the camera.

LaVar Ball, for one, was certain of the team's ascendance under his son.

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

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time National Basketball Association champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.

"He has greatness written all over him", Johnson said. "I went to the combine and played really well there".

Don't expect Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to plop down $495 for Big Baller Brand shoes any time soon. His rights were sent to the Los Angeles Lakers for the rights to North Carolina center Tony Bradley, who was taken at No. 28, and the rights to Indiana's Thomas Bryan, who was taken at No. 42.

Ditto for Ball, who consistently squeezes pinpoint passes into tight spaces.

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