Technically, Lonzo Ball’s professional NBA career hasn’t started yet. But if pre-draft workouts count, then it isn’t off to the best start.
After his father LaVar has repeatedly stated that his son wouldn’t play for any other team besides the Lakers, his son didn’t impress the way he hoped.
According to multiple outlets, Lonzo didn’t show up to his Lakers workout in as good of shape as the team expected.
The Lakers were still taken with LaVar’s other qualities, but they felt that his conditioning wasn’t where it needed to be ahead of the workout. Not a good sign for a player who hopes to be taken second overall. The Lakers are looking at a number of point guards with the second selection in this year’s NBA draft, and Lonzo isn’t a lock to be selected there.
LaVar has made some pretty big statements when it comes to what he thinks his son is capable of. Not only does he expect Lonzo to be better than Steph Curry, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, he thinks his son is better than them right now.
I’ll tell you this, the Lakers were doing back-flips after Kobe’s pre-draft workout.
It’ll be interesting to see where the Lakers select Lonzo. Playing one season at nearby UCLA, Lonzo is a natural to slide into a need Lakers team. But just because his dad wants him to play there, doesn’t mean he is going to get to do so.
For the moment, Ball remains the favorite to be selected by the Lakers. But if they decide to go elsewhere with the pick, it’ll make for an interesting beginning to what will surely be a drama-filled career.