Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson

first_imgLonzo Ball, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft. APSay what you want, but Lonzo Ball is living the life the big baller way.Drawing heavy media fanfare throughout his journey to the 2017 NBA Draft, the UCLA standout got what he wanted as dons the purple and gold this season after the Los Angeles Lakers picked him second Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Adding to Ball’s excitement is a chance to mingle with Laker great and current president of basketball operations Magic Johnson as he hopes to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“I don’t think there’s one thing you can learn from him. Just everything he’s going to teach me is going to be useful. Obviously he’s the best point guard to ever play, so I’m looking to go in there and just learn from day one,” said the 6-foot-6 playmaker. “There’s never going to be another Magic Johnson, so I’m trying to be myself, but if I can come halfway short of him, you know it’s going to be good.”But for now, all Ball wants is to buckle down to work and help the Lakers reclaim their lost glory.“That should be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to meeting all those guys and getting on the court with them and trying to win. Right now, I’m just focused on playing and I just want to get on the court,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The 19-year-old Ball is looking forward to representing his hometown and play for a proud franchise like the Lakers.“I’m just thankful for everybody helping me get here and I’m truly blessed to be able to play for my hometown,” said the Anaheim, California-born guard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis father, Lavar, has repeatedly expressed his family’s desire to have the eldest Ball child to play for the 16-time NBA champions. Now, everything is real as they will see Lonzo hit the same floor legends like Kobe Bryant played on.“It felt great. You know, my dad was right there, my brothers. I know mom is watching at home and all the rest of my family. They’re all supportive, and like I said, I’m just truly blessed to be in this position. I feel good. Tonight was supposed to be a good night and it definitely was,” he said. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img NBA: Jimmy Butler’s trainer blasts Bulls GM after draft day trade Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img

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