UCLA basketball star Lonzo Ball took a bit of a risk by declaring he would only work out for the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Ball and his outspoken father LaVar have not been shy about their desire to remain in Los Angeles and play for the Lakers, but according to reports L.A. wasn’t blown away by Ball’s private workout with the team.
Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reported the Lakers were “underwhelmed” with Ball’s workout and that they will continue to look at all options.
Los Angeles reportedly remains interested in Washington’s Markelle Fultz, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, who are all also options for Los Angeles at No. 2.
From the report:
Lakers officials just went to meet and scout Jackson in Sacramento on Thursday, and Fox is coming in to see the Lakers on Tuesday.
Ball didn’t separate himself clearly from the pack. The thing is, he never was going to do that in a one-on-none workout format that gave him no one to find with a dynamic hit-ahead pass in transition or a perfectly timed bounce pass for a basket cutter.
There is no denying Lonzo Ball is an exceptional talent and could very well go on to become a future NBA star, but it will be interesting to see how he responds if he is not the Lakers’ guy.
After all, you know Ball’s father likes to boast and talk a big game, so it would be fun to see how he responds to a piece of humble pie.
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