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Lakers News: Lonzo Ball claiming leadership role, eyeing to bring ‘winning attitude’ in LA next season

PHOTOGRAPH: TonyTheTiger/Wikimedia Commons | Lonzo Ball of the UCLA Bruins

Former UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball recently had a solo pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. Ball remains confident that he’ll be wearing a purple and gold jersey next season but said that he’ll be playing for any team if the Lakers pass on him.

“I’ll go to any team and just do what I do,” Ball said. “Play basketball.”

Lonzo Ball finally grabbed the opportunity to showcase his skills to the Lakers brass. The workout reportedly went well and the Lakers saw what they expected from Ball. The 19-year-old guard revealed that he’s not nervous at all while playing in front of Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.

NBA Draft News: Lonzo Ball wants to be the Lakers’ leader next season

The Lakers aren’t yet locked on Ball. They are also keeping an eye on former Kansas wing Josh Jackson and ex-Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Ball is currently the front-runner to be selected by the Lakers as the No. 2 pick.

Ball believes he’s the best player in the 2017 NBA draft. However, he openly stated that he would rather join the Lakers than being the No. 1 overall pick. His decision not to have a workout with the Boston Celtics showed how serious he is in playing for the Lakers next season.

In his lone season with the UCLA Bruins, Ball averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.0 rebounds on 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Ball thinks he’s the leader the Lakers need to become a winning team again.

“They have a lot of good players. I just think they need a leader at point guard. I feel I can bring that to the team,” Ball said, via Fox Sports. “Just bringing a winning attitude. Everybody can band together, and get this done together. They’re young. I’m young. I see they like to run. I like to run. So I feel we can complement each other very well.”

Lakers don’t have problem with LaVar Ball

Most people see LaVar Ball becoming a huge headache for any team who will choose his son in the upcoming draft. However, the case is different for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball revealed that the Lakers told him they love his father. He also doesn’t him as a distraction when he enters in the NBA.

“They said that about me in high school, they said that about me in college,” Ball said. “I don’t think it will affect me. Everyone has an opinion. I know who I am. People who know me know who I am. That’s all that matters.”

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