(ThyBlackMan.com) Patience is a virtue.
Ball's appearance before the Dodgers' matchup against the Colorado Rockies culminated a whirlwind day and a half, that began with his selection in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft in NY.
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. But what I needed was a leader.
The Lakers surprised many observers when they traded Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. However, it was his court vision and ability to run an offense that got him drafted so high.
This was a significant increase in shot rate from 3-point range going from 0.2 attempts to 5.2 attempts last season while he had taken no more than 14 shots from downtown in any of his first eight seasons. "At 6'5", D'Angelo Russell has the size to play the two. He is expected to help the Lakers right away while competing for time with Nance.
LaVar talked Lonzo becoming a Laker into existence, and he might just do the same about next year's playoffs. Would he ever grow up? "The right people are in charge". He is only 21 years old, so that is not to say he will never mature, but he clearly has a ways to go. The Lakers still have another bad contract in Luol Deng to get rid of. He made a bold statement regarding his son and the Lakers.
THEIR TIME TO SHINE: With so much trade speculation about All-Stars such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler, there hasn't been as much focus as usual leading into Thursday on the players who are in the draft. In essence, this is the move that sets up the big splash.
Prior to the pitch, Ball played catch with a ball girl and snapped photos with a few wide-eyed fans. We know what it takes to win a championship.
It has been a very good week for the Los Angeles Lakers who will look to bring the franchise back to the playoffs this year. "How he can enhance and make your team better".
Bryant could benefit from a season with the South Bay Lakers.
On Thursday night one of his most impressive predictions finally came to fruition when his eldest son Lonzo was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Simmons, who was the No. 1 overall selection previous year, wasn't impressed with LaVar Ball's braggadocio. I think players around the National Basketball Association feel that as well and are going to be attracted to that energy here.