Former Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox was in Los Angeles for a workout on Tuesday morning, and unlike Ball, his father was allowed to attend.
Josh Jackson is being brought in for a second workout this afternoon, per the Lakers. Ball went to dinner with Johnson, Pelinka and coach Luke Walton, then worked out for the team on Wednesday. Washington guard Markelle Fultz, widely believed to be the player the Boston Celtics covet with the No. 1 pick, is also expected to work out for the Lakers. But after that game, basketball's most outspoken parent, LaVar Ball, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live with his son, Lonzo.
Jackson, who can play shooting guard and small forward, touted his versatility and ability to defend both positions.
For better and for worse, the Lakers are mindful of not overreacting to individual workouts considering the various restrictions. If the Lakers want to trade down and still land Lonzo Ball (or someone else), the best way would be to get a trade to move up to take the player they covet, like Jackson. They haven't had a workout with Jackson, even though he could be in play for them at No. 4.
The Lakers, with the second pick, will take a look at him, and the Sixers, with the third, would love his defense, though they may look for a more developed shooter or playmaker for their system.
His father LaVar Ball, who averaged 2.2 points a game in college, has already stated he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 and apparently he isn't the only one in the family that feels that way. He's only visited Los Angeles during his pre-draft activities, so all signs pointed to the Lakers as his most likely destination because Jackson has yet to make an official visit with Boston or Philadelphia. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select. "I felt like I attacked the workout pretty well today". "He's always been there for me", Lonzo said.