UCLA guard Lonzo Ball passes the ball against Kentucky forward Edrice Adebayo in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Not that that's a surprise.
Ball, 47, was the butt of the joke during a Father's Day-inspired Foot Locker commercial, which is set to debut during the NBA Draft this month.
The younger Ball told the host, "That's kinda where we're trying to head to". "I love him to death". And if Los Angeles management likes what it sees the second time around, the foregone conclusion of Ball in a Lakers jersey could finally become a reality.
In May, Lonzo's now-infamous father, LaVar, went as to far as to turn down a workout invitation from the Boston Celtics and say that his son would not be working out for any teams other than the Lakers. In LA, he'd most likely be thrown into the fire as the Lakers' starting 2-guard and would be playing 30 minutes a night with no pressure. Ball may not have had the best two-day meeting with the Lakers, but this Foot Locker ad nearly single-handedly transformed his draft stock. Some of the worries are about basketball, some may be about his dad.
Any chance the Lakers select Dennis Smith with the No. 2 pick?
Lonzo stayed Lonzo, giving pretty short, straight answers and generally handling Kimmel's banter well. Josh Jackson has yet to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers while he just finished his second workout with the Lakers.