Lakers GM describes Lonzo Ball as a 'transcendent talent'

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Ball went to UCLA and his family lives in Chino Hills, so as far as being local, Ball is as home grown as it gets in a league with the Lakers' two rookies from a season ago grew tall in Croatia and Georgia-the state, not the country.

LaVar Ball rolled out his own shoe for his son during the draft, retailing for $495. "Right now, I'm hoping [Lonzo] leads us to a couple summer league victories, and we'll take it from there".

The team's head coach, Luke Walton, was asked about that lofty goal Thursday night and initially took the high road.

Thanks to their pre-draft trade of guard D'Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers have a ton of cap space and flexibility in being able to lure-and hopefully land Palmdale-born product in Paul George, now of the Indiana Pacers.

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"I know when I was a young player, I had a target on my back from teammates because of things my dad said, but it ended up working out, and I think what's incredible is that according to Zo, his dad has been great, always been there for him, always supported him", Walton said. If you use a sports analogy in another sport, you look at passers like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers that just have an ability to do something that is so special with where they put the ball and where they deliver it.

Love him or hate him, you can not help but hate-watch the walking-talking BBB billboard of 24-7 marketing, hype and social media savvy in LaVar.

And in terms of pressure, Lonzo echoed LaVar's belief - that basketball is for entertainment, with no room for worries. "It's going to be a surprise for you [media] and me", Lonzo said.

"Definitely. That's how I've played my whole life". "He's going to do what he does and we're going to do what we do and we're going to get after it here". "He'll improve our culture with the way he plays, the way he passes, his selfless nature, and that's why we took him". "Obviously he's the best point guard to ever play, so I'm looking to go in there and just learn from day one", Ball said.