Rookie Lonzo Ball, together with 2016 NBA draft’s second overall pick Brandon Ingram, is considered as the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. However, according to the latest NBA and Lakers rumors, a former coach nearly snatched that partnership.
The UCLA product Ball was heavily associated in the Lakers rumors prior his eventual second overall pick on the 2017 NBA Draft. This was all before the Los Angeles even had their draft selections, as the Lakers was apparently attempting to tank to ensure it landed in the top three draft picks.
Nevertheless, the ball club had less than a fifty percent probability to keep their draft pick. However, being the Lakers, many have ventured that this “rigged” draft process would somehow benefit the big market of City of Angels and it eventually did. Whether or not the draft is allegedly premeditated or planned is a discussion for another time. Regardless, the Los Angeles ultimately landed their man of the hour in Lonzo Ball.
After a disappointing first game, Lonzo Ball took the 2017 NBA Summer League by storm, winning the league MVP. Sure, it is just an NBA Summer League at the end of the day, but his triple-doubles were still mind-blowing.
This had led many, including the top NBA analysts, to speculate that Lonzo Ball will bag the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year. Ball’s value to the Lakers and offensive play ability have been put on notice by the entire NBA community, with one basketball living legend taking note as well.
The former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson was reportedly interested in trading up to the first overall draft pick in order to select the playmaker. Bleacher Report’s Alec Nathan implies that the trade would have been a straight swap of Kristaps Porzingis for the pick.
Obviously, things didn’t work out that way. Point guard Lonzo Ball is heading to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in the second largest market in the United State next to the Big Apple — New York. Should the trade deal were to transpire, who knows what the Purple and Gold would have done.
All that matters is that the Los Angeles Lakers acquired their top prospect talent in the 2017 NBA Draft, and all the Lakers rumors came to fulfillment. However, should the former New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson would have pulled the trigger, we may have seen Lonzo Ball hanging out in The Empire State.