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Lonzo Ball says he’d prefer to get drafted by Lakers than go No. 1

UCLA v Arizona

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins runs on the court during a semifinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at T-Mobile Arena on March 10, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arizona won 86-75. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LaVar Ball said his son – Lonzo Ball, the potential top pick in the 2017 NBA draft – would play for only the Lakers.

The elder Ball backtracked, saying he was merely trying to wish it into existence. He even said he wouldn’t interfere if another team drafted his son. Lonzo said he’d be happy with any team.

But, if he had his choice, would Lonzo rather go No. 1 or go to the Lakers?

LaVar, via ESPN:

I’m going to go with Lakers.
I’m a family dude. All my family is in L.A. So, to be able to play in front of them, I think that would mean more to me.

This will get taken as controversial, especially in light of his dad inviting infamy. But it’s really surprising more elite prospects don’t think this way.

The top pick also carries a prestige, and the difference between going No. 1 and No. 3 (the lowest pick the Lakers can get) is about $7 million over four years.

But if Lonzo is more comfortable in Los Angeles, the other factors justifiably get outweighed.

Besides, what’s another $7 million when your family has a billion-dollar shoe deal?