LaVar Ball: Lonzo to work out for Lakers only
(TSX / STATS) -- There is only one team for UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. At least that's the take from his opinionated father, LaVar Ball, who said his son will only agree to a private workout for the Los Angeles Lakers.
"That's all we working out for is the Lakers," LaVar Ball said in an exclusive interview with Lakers Nation. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for."
LaVar Ball, who recently launched a $500-per-pair sneaker brand after major apparel lines such as Nike and Adidas passed on a deal with the Ball Family, told Lakers Nation there is "no doubt in my mind" that the Lakers will draft Lonzo Ball.
Lonzo Ball spent one season at UCLA before declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Lakers landed the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft and will have the selection for the third consecutive year.
New team president Magic Johnson evaluated Lonzo Ball multiple times in person and said during the NCAA Tournament that his father's outspoken nature was not a negative. It is not clear whether the Lakers are planning to meet with LaVar and Lonzo Ball, but Johnson indicated the meeting would happen.
Johnson did a brief interview with TMZ Sports after Tuesday's lottery and wasn't tipping his hand.
"I don't know who we're gonna take right now. ... We're excited though. You know we're excited," Johnson said.
Still, LaVar Ball's confidence was unbowed.
"There's no doubt in my mind whatsoever," LaVar told Lakers Nation in an exclusive interview. "I'm going to say it again, in English, speak it into existence. In Spanish, speak it into existence. In Africa, speak that mother (expletive) into existence."
Updated May 17, 2017