It's showtime. Magic Johnson welcomes the man he calls "the new face of the Lakers" Lonzo Ball pic.twitter.com/ghacc34Ri2
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 23, 2017
The Lakers’ team president told the 19-year-old during his introductory press conference that he expects to retire his jersey someday.
Magic just told Lonzo to look up at the jerseys on the wall (including his own, of course): “We expect a Ball jersey up there one day."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) June 23, 2017
Magic Johnson on D’Angelo Russell: "We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader.” Full quote: pic.twitter.com/3FhPthOpN1
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 23, 2017
Per the OC Register:
“Watching so much tape of him,” Johnson said, “you see yourself.”
The Lakers have drafted 90 players in the 38 years since Johnson arrived in Los Angeles. Never had any of them arrived with the fanfare and pressure that preceded Johnson’s introduction by Dr. Jerry Buss and Jerry West at the Forum on a June day in 1979.
Then on Thursday, Johnson welcomed Lonzo Ball.
“Don’t get me started,” Johnson said, beaming, “because you’re going to see highlight moments from this young man just by passing the basketball. And Laker fans are used to that. We’re used to great leaders. That’s why we win.”