LaVar Ball makes his first bold prediction for Lonzo's National Basketball Association career

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 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.

Johnson, of course, does not believe that will be the case for his protege. He is also from the L.A. area, and Lonzo went to high school in Chino Hills.

The "Titus Brand". Titus O'Neil's stable consisting of Apollo Crews - and potentially Cruiserweight Championship challenger Akira Tozawa - seems to be inspired by LaVar Ball himself. Whatever character flaws that Russell had during his time as Laker should not change the fact that he was the best player on the team a year ago.

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These days, everyone wants a piece of LaVar, and it now appears the WWE is trying to capitalize on his time in the sun.

LaVar, the father of new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, has become a controversial figure by seemingly playing a pro wrestling heel in the media since his son started to gain traction as an National Basketball Association prospect. Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball, center, poses for photos with Magic Johnson, left, and general manager Rob Pelinka during a news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif.

LaVar also added that his son would have an immediate and winning impact on the Lakers organization, saying "Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year". If Kevin Durant didn't come to Golden State because of Jerry, KD noted later how impressed he had been by West in a telephone conversation. Ball's name was called by commissioner Adam Silver to be the latest member of a young Lakers core. Do you see that smile? Ok, then... I've always bet on myself, right? "I'm truly blessed to be able to play in my hometown, and I can't wait to get on the court". I'm happy. I'm excited. He has been gone from the game for less than two years, but it might feel like a life time for the Lakers. It started at the end of last week where the rumors and talks surrounded the possibility of Paul George wanting to the play for the Lakers. They cleared a ton of cap space, which can make them major players in free agency in 2018.

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