Just seconds after being drafted, the outspoken father made yet another over-confident statement about his son's potential. Interviewed shortly before the pick was announced, LaVar Ball told ESPN that having his son play for the Lakers would be "the second best thing in the world that's ever happened to me" - right behind the birth of his three sons. The Sixers had acquired the top slot in a trade with the Boston Celtics, who now have the third pick.
Who did the Lakers Draft on Thursday
A point guard from the franchise's glorious past on Thursday drafted a homegrown teenager he hopes is the point guard who can lead them out of their current struggles and into a bright future.More news: Fed's Stress Tests: Biggest US Banks Declared Healthy
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz of Washington with the No. 1 overall pick.More news: NORC poll: Few favour Trump move to ditch Paris accord
For a time, there appeared to be a genuine split within the Lakers as whether to draft Ball or Jackson, but as the Draft approached, the Lakers began settling in on Ball as their man. With team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka making the decision to trade D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn, with center Brook Lopez moving to LA, there was a clear need for the Lakers to address. The Lakers haven't made the playoffs since 2013 and have been one of the NBA's worst teams in the four subsequent seasons, never winning more than 27 games. DEVELOPING: We will update this story as the draft continues.More news: May fails to secure DUP deal ahead of Queen's Speech