Lakers Video: Kobe Bryant Open To Picking LiAngelo Ball In 2018 NBA Draft ‘If It’ll Help Win’
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are already hard at work preparing for next month’s NBA Draft. With the 25th and 47th overall selections, the team will be looking to continue their recent history of success in the latter portion of the draft.

One person who is eligible for the draft is LiAngelo Ball, brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo isn’t currently ranked on ESPN’s top 100 prospects list and most believe he won’t be drafted by anyone.

LaVar Ball, of course, still has grand plans on all three of his sons playing together on the Lakers, and Kobe Bryant isn’t necessarily against the plan, albeit with a bit of a caveat.

The TMZ cameras caught up with Kobe briefly and asked him who he thinks the Lakers should draft.

This response shouldn’t come as any shock as winning was always the most important thing that Kobe cared about. If a player can help the Lakers be successful, Kobe believes the team should draft him, simple as that.

Bryant responded, as expected, by saying the franchise should draft whoever will help them win. When asked if they should draft another Ball brother, Bryant didn’t shoot the idea down if it means taking a positive step toward winning.

Whether that player is LiAngelo remains to be seen. For the most part, he was viewed as the least-talented of the three Ball brothers and the one who needed to develop in college the most. The Lakers have begun their pre-draft workouts and LiAngelo has yet to receive one, though there is plenty of time for that to change.

The main question, as Kobe noted, is whether LiAngelo will help the Lakers win. The franchise will undoubtedly do their homework and find out that answer. For his part, Ball has said he’s focused on the Lakers.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERSNATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Kobe Bryant Writes Farewell Note To Lakers Trainer Gary Vitti

It’s no secret that Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is retiring tonight. The five-time NBA champion has had appreciation heaped upon him from all corners of the sports world, praising his impact on the NBA and the city of Los Angeles…

Dwight’s Departure Anything But Indicative of Lakers’ Diminishing Lure

Well it’s over. And, for better or worse, the Rockets have landed…

Lakers Nation 2014 NBA Mock Draft: Week 17

[new_royalslider id=”140″] 1. Milwaukee Bucks (10-45): Jabari Parker (Duke) – Something like…

Time for Andrew Bynum to Cut the Attitude, Become a Leader

Just when we all thought that Los Angeles Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum…