Both Johnson and Pelinka assumed their posts last season during a dramatic coup in which Lakers president and governor Jeanie Buss cleaned house, vowing change after the team plummeted to the NBA's cellar with four straight 50-plus-loss seasons, the worst stretch in franchise history. "You can't really tell by my emotions, but I feel good".
As Crazy Father LaVar Ball was being interviewed by ESPN, last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, tweeted out, "Crazy pills". "With the leading teams in the league today, we felt like to be able to look them in the eye and challenge them, we need two superstar players to come here and join this platform and join our core group of great players that we now have".
Earlier in the week, Los Angeles traded Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the draft. His outspoken father, LaVar Ball, had thrown some doubt over that choice, but for all his controversial public statements he also made it clear he wanted his son to play for his hometown team.
Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists while guiding the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament in his only season in Westwood.
"That will make it more challenging a little bit, but I think that every top draft pick that comes in has a target on their back", Walton said. "He's going to do what he does and we're going to do what we do and we're going to get after it here". Ball's assists per game was the most in Division I basketball.
By now the entire basketball world knows Lonzo Ball is a singular talent with a unique parent.
In yesterday's news, the Lakers showed interest in trading for another lottery pick in addition to their No. 2 overall pick.
LaVar Ball isn't letting the headlines get to him - telling TMZ Sports he's still 100% convinced the Lakers will call Lonzo Ball's name with the #2 pick in the draft.