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NBA Mock Draft 2017 Los Angeles Lakers Will Select Lonzo Ball

Silver made the salient point that once prodigious UCLA guard Lonzo Ball is drafted, his father will fade into the background somewhat, as most National Basketball Association parents tend to do.

The Lakers own the second overall pick in the June 22 National Basketball Association draft.

Lonzo Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists in his one-and-done season at UCLA. The Lakers are reportedly enamored with the Chino Hills product, and Lonzo's father, LaVar Ball, said that his son would only play for the Lakers.

Everyone has been following the creation and promotion of LaVar Ball's new athletic company "Big Baller Brand" pretty closely. The Lakers are the only team Ball is scheduled to work out for though he could add one or two meetings with teams near the top of the draft.

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"The Lakers make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there", LaVar said.

"Listen, Chris Paul, financially, the difference with him staying in L.A. and to get paid, I'd have a hard time imaging him leaving there", continued Wojnarowski. After the Lakers thing goes down and the flawless scenario is going to unfold, the new deal might be five years and $20 million, just by virtue of what happens on May 16, the night of the lottery...

The incessant boasting has turned LaVar Ball into a household name, at least in the sports world, and provided an enormous amount of free advertising for the family's nascent business, Big Baller Brand.

"He's not real vocal on the court", Alford said of Ball. That equals $25.25 mil as his starting salary and about $146.45 million over five years. "Instead of saying he now wants $1 billion, he now wants $3 billion". Speaking of which, that was the sound many observers thought they heard in a video Tuesday, in which LaVar Ball responded to a long-distance-shooting challenge from Ice Cube.

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