While Lonzo Ball enjoys private audience with Lakers, other draft hopefuls scrape to earn a shot
By Bill Oram
EL SEGUNDO – Most of the Lakers’ attention on Friday was focused on Lonzo Ball, as team executives spent the morning in Chino Hills for a second workout with Ball, the former UCLA point guard who most expect them to take with their No. 2 pick in next week’s NBA draft. Back at home, a striking contrast represented just how narrow the margins of NBA superstardom can be.
Six players, all college stars like Ball, became the latest to cycle through the Lakers’ facility, eager to demonstrate that they, too, belonged. Traversing the country since May, they have tried to sell their potential as pros, developing a rhythm in these workouts; a strategy for standing out.
“Just stick out by doing things people are not doing,” said Devin Robinson, a former Florida star who was participating in his 15th workout. “Like talking, playing defense, bringing the energy. Because a lot of guys don’t know each other, they just stick to themselves.
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“If you make everybody feel comfortable, bring everybody together and just try to be a leader out there, you just set yourself apart from everybody else.”
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