With these lofty expectations laid before him before ever stepping on the court in an National Basketball Association game, Ball is voiced a calm confidence that he can reach those aspirations put forth.
With the patriarch of the Ball family not showing any signs of curtailing his trash talk, it seems as if Lonzo Ball will have to possess a thick skin in order to make it in the National Basketball Association.
With Magic Johnson serving as the general manager for the Lakers, the 19-year-old Ball expects to learn valuable insights from the five-time National Basketball Association champion. Magic should've thought that he might as well cash in now rather than wait another year where Lonzo Ball might flourish.
"That's been asked of me for my whole life", Ball said, according to the LA Times. He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot. He's a leader. He treats people the right way.
If anyone, the Lakers' executive understood pressure of coming in to be the face of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Johnson displayed confidence in the 19-year-old's handling of the attention thus far.
INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE: A year after almost half the draft a record 27 of the 60 picks were international players, French guard Frank Ntilikina and Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, who played a year at Arizona, are two of the top international players.
But Magic and Pelinka believe they will succeed where Buss and Kupchak failed, thanks to what they see as an intriguing young core headlined by Ball and wing Brandon Ingram, last season's No. 2 overall pick. Just in the last few years, Rudy Gobert and Larry Nance were selected 27th overall.
Johnson concluded and laughed, "I wouldn't have made that move if I didn't think I could use that money".
That would enough cap space for the Lakers to sign two players to max contracts, fulfilling their goal of adding two superstars. "The vision and ability that Lonzo has just puts him in a class of being a transcendent talent". It's exciting times for the LA Lakers.