Jerry Colangelo: People Around Lonzo Ball Present 'Challenge'

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"I don't think teams should bypass (Lonzo Ball) because they have those concerns".

Still, Colangelo stated that the "people around" Lonzo should not deter teams from drafting him, as the 19-year-old is clearly skilled. "I think at the end of the day what wins in this league is talent and this is a very talented young man".

The Lakers are rumored to be far less than sold on Lonzo Ball as the No. 2 pick. Colangelo's son Bryan is now the Sixers' general manager.

"You have to give the father a lot of credit", Lakers general manager Magic Johnson said in May.

The loud-mouthed father of elite National Basketball Association prospect Lonzo Ball has been saying his son will play for the Los Angeles Lakers for the past six months, and Lonzo Ball reportedly has taken the next step toward wearing the Purple and Gold. "As long as it doesn't bother him, it's not going to bother the Lakers organization as long as Lonzo performs on the basketball court". "The Lakers are weeks away from needing to make their final decision, but there are many that believe the Lakers could go after both Kansas forward Josh Jackson and Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox (who made my Mock at 2 this week) with the second overall pick".

Perhaps Lonzo Ball shouldn't plan on wearing the Purple and Gold just yet.

Then there is the chance that the Suns too pass over Lonzo and he slips to at least fifth overall in the draft.

Unlike NBA commissioner Adam Silver, I expect that continue after Lonzo Ball gets drafted - which will be challenging for Lonzo Ball's team.

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