Magic Johnson speaks about D'Angelo Russell trade

It turns out LaVar Ball didn't hurt his son's National Basketball Association draft chances after all and Ball celebrated by delighting in everyone else's annoyance.

In the second round, Los Angeles welcomed another Bryant. Anyone plan on copping? The Lakers remaining firm that they were holding their options open leading up to the draft on Thursday, but all that was quickly put aside once the selection was made and the pure excitement for what Ball could bring to the team was aired again on Friday.

The Lakers sent Russell and Russian center Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for center Brook Lopez and the rights to forward Kyle Kuzma, the 27th pick in the draft, out of Utah. Listen, we aren't TMZ so I'm not going to highlight every one of Russell's hiccups in L.A. but Sports Illustrated has you covered here. Ball, unlike D'Angelo Russell, is a facilitator and will look to elevate his teammates. Come see me when he does.

Many experts had Ball on their draft boards at No. 2, based on his high intensity play, his court vision and unselfish willingness to get other players involved. But what I needed was a leader. Of course, there's also the realistic chance of perennial All-Star Paul George joining the roster sooner than the summer of 2018, when the incumbent Pacer becomes a restricted free agent. "The tide has turned", Johnson said. I think players around the National Basketball Association feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.

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It has been 17 years since the NHL had an expansion draft when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild entered the league. He said he likes Philadelphia, adding the fact that Provorov is there should make his transition easier.

Added Johnson, "Guys want to get out on that break and run hard because they know Lonzo will find them and not just give them a pass, but a scoring pass. See, some people can pass, but very few people can lead to a scoring pass". Me and him kind of had a little bit of a bond there.

"He was quick and he was strong and he was 9 years old, and they wanted him to play with 14- and 15-year-olds, and I said no, so that's why he got a late start", Grandpa Ball said.

LaVar Ball - a former player for American football team the London Monarchs - is Lonzo's father and has been his main representative and leading cheerleader. He is expected to help the Lakers right away while competing for time with Nance. But, if it was something that the Lakers thought they could make work, they probably would have tried to do it.

"Lonzo, just leave me one or two records, okay?"

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