Lakers great Magic Johnson picks successor in Lonzo Ball

Ball then got the wish he and his father, LaVar, wanted all along by staying in Los Angeles, where he starred last season at UCLA.

LaVar was back at it - to no surprise - after his son, Lonzo, was drafted No. 2 overall by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

Those schemes are a year away from fruition, however. With preternatural court vision and a desire to become a leader, Ball has everything the Lakers wanted on court.

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"Obviously, he's the best point guard to ever play", Ball, wearing a purple-and-gold Lakers hat, said after his selection. "And that's a quality and a trait that not many people have".

And in discussing Ball's ability as a passer, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka made a comparison that resulted in a few raised eyebrows.

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.

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LaVar Ball can evoke strong emotions from just about anyone. He said he knew this would happen ever since Lonzo was a baby and that Lonzo is going to lead his new team to the playoffs, among other things. "Right now, I'm hoping (Lonzo) leads us to a couple of summer league victories, and we'll take it from there".

As Crazy Father LaVar Ball was being interviewed by ESPN, last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, tweeted out, "Crazy pills".

Only two seniors went in the first round - the lowest number in the modern history of the draft.

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