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Wednesday / April 26.
  • Lonzo Ball: ‘It would be a blessing to play for the Lakers’

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    Lonzo Ball isn’t hiding his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

    “At the end of the day I’ll play for any team,” the 6-foot- 6 Ball said Monday on ESPN’s “First Take. “The NBA is the NBA, but it would be a blessing to be able to play for the Lakers. It’s in L.A., I’m from here, my whole family’s here.”

    Ball is projected as a top-2 pick in the June 22nd NBA Draft. He declared after UCLA lost to Kentucky on Friday in the Sweet 16.

    Ball said it was always the plan to be one-and-done at UCLA.

    “I’ve always known just one year,” Ball said.

    Meantime, LaVar Ball used the forum to guarantee UCLA will win a title in 2018 when his second son LiAngelo Ball arrives on campus with a star-studded recruiting class to play for Steve Alford.

    “UCLA lost this year but we gonna win it next year because I’m gonna take one Ball and bring in another,” LaVar said. “I got two more shots.”

    His youngest son, LaMelo Ball, is also committed to UCLA for 2019.

    In other Ball-related developments, comedian George Lopez believes “Lorenzo Ball” is a must-get for the Lakers.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.