Lonzo Ball Was Reportedly Out Of Shape During Lakers Pre-Draft Workout
Over the weekend, we learned that former UCLA standout Lonzo Ball didn’t overly impress the Lakers during his pre-draft workout with the team.
Via Bleacher Report
Yet Ball also didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources.
The Lakers remain intrigued by Markelle Fultz and Josh Jackson, and to a lesser extent De’Aaron Fox, along with Ball for their No. 2 overall pick.
IIt appears that we know now why the Lakers weren’t “blown away” by ball. According to Lakers beat writer Mark Medina, the team felt Ball was out of shape during his workout.
Via The OC Register
Many qualities have made the Lakers impressed with Ball, including his leadership potential, passing and scoring. They are not impressed, however, with his level of conditioning.
Some observers of Ball’s workout last Wednesday thought he came in out of shape. Ball acknowledged that the “drills get you tired, so you got to stay focused.”
Are the Lakers really thinking about passing on Ball? Multiple NBA executives are calling bullshit and think all of the leaks are just a smokescreen by the team.
Via Zags Blog
Meantime, several NBA executives told ZAGSBLOG they don’t buy an Internet report that the Lakers will pass on Ball,.
One source suggested the Lakers might be open to trading down and want to create the impression that they are interested in Kansas’ Josh Jackson so teams who like him would consider trading up to get the No. 2 pick. The Lakers then could still get Ball or Fox after the second pick, the source suggested
The NBA draft is one June 22nd, we’ll have to wait until then to find out the fate of Lonzo Ball.