Lonzo also chose to take a stab at the Lakers' crosstown rival, the Los Angeles Clippers.
With a week to go before the big night in Brooklyn, if anything Jackson is trending upward, challenging UCLA's Lonzo Ball for the No. 2 spot. Jackson worked out with the Lakers for a second time on Tuesday afternoon and reportedly impressed the team with his intensity and conditioning. But the Lakers brought Smith Jr.in for a workout in case they trade down. He did well in both, and there were whispers that he could be the selection at No. 2. "It's been a big year for my family, and I know we're just getting started".
"This wasn't all about the money", said Ball, who signed the cards at his California home on Friday.
Here's more smoke to add to the fire that would be the Lakers passing on UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball: Arizona sports insider John Gambadoro heard that Jackson has a promise from one of the top teams in the draft-with the Lakers looming as the most likely scenario.
"It's always good to come in some place and work as hard as you can and then get good feedback", said Lydon, who talked to Pelinka earlier. The top draft pick, who we've been pretty certain is going first overall for months, is suddenly being questioned. His presence could be a detriment to Lonzo, but the Lakers have said on multiple occasions he will not impact their draft decision.
Lonzo stars in an excellent new Father's Day Foot Locker commercial, released Wednesday, in which incoming National Basketball Association draft prospects discuss their memories of growing up with their fathers. Some worry that he will be a bust, but Ball seems to play a style that mirrors where the typical National Basketball Association point guard is going, so it seems that his floor would still be someone who plays his position effectively and makes few mistakes. But Johnson recently appeared on ESPN Radio and identified Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick past year, as their only untouchable player.