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Lakers not sold on Lonzo Ball after workout; still interested in De’Aaron Fox

When the Los Angeles Lakers drew the number two pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, everyone was sure they’d use it on UCLA star Lonzo Ball; however, in the past month, it’s become clear that may not be the case. Ball met and worked out for the Lakers on Tuesday and Wednesday, and sources tell Bleacher Report that while Ball carried himself well, he did nothing to blow them away or seal the deal for the number two pick. Not surprisingly, according to the report, Ball spent a good portion of his meeting with the Lakers trying to distance himself from his outspoken father. Poor kid.

The Lakers are reportedly still interested in Markelle Fultz (good luck getting him from Boston), Josh Jackson, and “to a lesser extent,” De’Aaron Fox, who will work out for the Lakers on Tuesday. According to this reporter, Kevin Ding, Fox “exudes an authentic confidence”:

They met with Fultz, the most advanced scorer available, and Fox, a rare speed demon, at the NBA Draft Combine last month. This week they’ve gotten to chat with Ball, whose best quality is setting up teammates, and Jackson, a four-position defensive monster.

A quiet and reserved Ball reinforced to the Lakers how different he is from his attention-seeking father, LaVar. Jackson is a go-getter with a clear killer instinct. Fultz aspires to be the best ever. Fox exudes an authentic confidence.

I laughed, but he actually does. Tuesday’s a big day for him.

[Bleacher Report]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 Comments for Lakers not sold on Lonzo Ball after workout; still interested in De’Aaron Fox



  1. david8577
    1:37 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t get the Ball hype. I wouldn’t consider him until the 10-12th pick.



  2. Sentient Third Eye
    1:46 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    I can see why Ball would be advantageous in LA for marketing purposes, but if they want to do that, they should trade down. They can still get Ball with a 4-5 pick, plus probably another 2nd round pick.

  3. Random thought on the baseball game: the UL jerseys appear to be modeled after the old Astros rainbow jerseys:
    https://www.google.com/search?site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=980&bih=625&q=houston+astros+jersey&oq=houston+astros&gs_l=img.1.4.0l10.7936.15309.0.19592.14.14.0.0.0.0.83.966.14.14.0….0…1.1.64.img..0.14.959.uVyHuZLmrsU#tbm=isch&q=houston+astros+rainbow+jersey&imgrc=_

  4. Well crud, we just had 2 men on with no outs and still have a goose egg. Let’s go BatCats!



  5. meeksfor3
    1:56 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    “Fultz aspires to be the best ever” Ummm I am pretty sure they all aspire to be the best ever so that is nothing new.



    • JusSayin
      3:02 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

      Not really. Lots of guy that are just aiming to stick concentrate on becoming specialists.

      Example:

      Darius Miller was trying to becoming a 3&D guy
      Doron Lamb was trying to become a spot up guy
      Josh Harellson was looking to be a stretch 5



  6. rickshelton
    2:11 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    If LaVar insists its a two-for-one deal if they take Lonzo then the Lakers might look elsewhere to avoid the silly drama dad brings. Lonzo needs to be his own man but big-mouth dad won’t let that happen. Very sad.



  7. UkfanMatt
    3:35 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    I hate that Ball has to deal with his idiot of a dad. However, after seeing how his brothers are coached (cherry picking so he can score 80 pts in a game) and knowing that Ball likely did the same, I would love to see all of the owners make a collective decision to not draft him



  8. NcCatFan75
    5:16 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    Smokescreen much, Lakers?



  9. BigBlueBass
    7:48 am June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Is it me or is his shot uglier than Wayne Turner’s?



  10. runningunnin.454
    8:27 am June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Only time Ball can keep up with Fox is when Fox is laying on the floor.



  11. TBW3011
    8:15 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Whoever takes Josh Jackson in he top 5 will regret it. That kid is nothing but trouble.