Lakers hoping to bring Lonzo Ball in for second workout


That workout happened Monday with the Lakers leaving impressed by Ball's leadership potential, passing and scoring.

Lonzo is expected to be a top 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

This might be Markelle Fultz's unofficial welcome to the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalry. I appreciate them for giving me this opportunity. Fultz is a 6'5 dynamic guard with even fewer questions about his game than Jackson, and there's a reason he has been the consensus top pick for almost a year now. The Celtics already hosted Fultz, but Fultz said he isn't afraid of a little extra scrutiny. The ad shows the young ball players reminiscing about basketball moments they shared with their fathers.

Q: On being in Los Angeles with the Hollywood lights and so on: Fultz: Really to me it doesn't matter. Of course, coming here with the Hollywood lights, it's going to be great publicity. I'd get my brand out there and just building myself.

With his mother, agent and personal trainer in attendance, Fultz went through numerous offensive drills while Magic Johnson and Luke Walton looked on. I'll say there's a 1 out of 10 likelihood that Jackson does first over Fultz.

As much as National Basketball Association fans would love to see LaVar's head explode at the idea of his son's being passed over, a one-on-none or even one-on-one workout environment is not ideal for showcasing the skill for which Lonzo receives the most hype: his court vision ability to get others involved with his passing.

After Josh Jackson received a second workout on Tuesday, the Lakers have scheduled Ball to have one last pre-draft meeting on Friday.

Although the mainstream discussion immediately following the draft lottery made UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball seem like a lock for L.A., the front office has never backed up that sentiment.

It's unlikely the second pick in the draft gets moved. I had assumed him a favorite of those who wanted the team to draft another ball-handler and an actual point guard to go along with the Sixers' current core.

Jackson, who can play shooting guard and small forward, touted his versatility and ability to defend both positions. "Stepping on the court, I'm going to try and beat him in everything I do, if that's tying my shoe faster or anything". While details of that previous workout didn't necessarily flatter the one-and-done talent, with a report noting Ball may not have been in the best shape last week, he's still an obvious candidate to head to the Lakers. "I think it's cool to have a card".