Report: Lonzo Ball underwhelms Lakers during workout

Posted: 11/06/2017 in NBA, NCAA, Sports
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It’s felt like a foregone conclusion since the NBA draft lottery that UCLA alumnus Lonzo Ball would be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.

Well, hold your horses.

While it could very well just be another smokescreen from the organization, the 19-year-old guard reportedly underwhelmed the Lakers during his pre-draft workout Wednesday, sources told Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding.

Interest remains in Washington’s Markelle Fultz and Kansas’ Josh Jackson, as well as Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, who is scheduled to see the team Tuesday. Lakers officials would like to secure a workout with Fultz at some point in the near future, and just visited Jackson in Sacramento on Thursday.

It’s not as if Ball had a poor showing, though, as he acted “humble and respectful” during his meals, and shot the ball well. However, in a solo workout, there’s only so much a player can do, especially one who’s advertised as being an elite playmaker capable of finding teammates in the open floor.

Ball said Wednesday that he feels Los Angeles is in need of a leader at point guard, which is a role he thinks he can fill immediately. D’Angelo Russell ran the point during the 2016-17 season, but is more of a natural off-guard, with the hope being he and Ball could play alongside one another in backcourt.

The draft takes place June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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