‘THE NEW FACE OF THE LAK­ERS’

Los Angeles Times - - INSIDE BASEBALL - — MAGIC JOHNSON,Lak­ers pres­i­dent, in his open­ing state­ment at the team’s news con­fer­ence in­tro­duc­ing Lonzo Ball, its No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft, on Fri­day

‘What a tremen­dous day it is for Laker na­tion, for the Lak­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion, for Rob [Pelinka] and I and the Buss fam­ily to wel­come the new face of the Lak­ers, the guy who I think will lead us back to where we want to get to. We want to start build­ing a suc­cess­ful team and you have to have a great leader and some­body that can make their team­mates bet­ter, some­body who has in­cred­i­ble bas­ket­ball IQ, and some­body who can get their team­mates to fol­low them and want to get out on that wing like James Wor­thy, By­ron Scott and Michael Cooper used to do back in the day. We feel that we have that per­son right here in Lonzo Ball . . . . This is an ex­cit­ing time for us so we want to say, “Wel­come to L.A., wel­come to the Lak­ers, man, and we look for­ward to ex­cit­ing things. And I’m gonna put a lit­tle pres­sure on you right now — you look to your right; there are some jer­seys hang­ing there on that wall. We ex­pect a Ball jersey to hang up there one day. All right?’

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