During Wednesday’s appearance on First Take, LaVar guaranteed that his son, Lonzo Ball, would lead the Lakers to a 50-plus win season right off the bat. Given that the West is completely stacked this season, Smith completely lost his mind over the outrageous prediction. Immediately after Lonzo was drafted by the Lakers, LaVar predicted that the Lakers would make the playoffs in Lonzo’s first year, but he didn’t put a number on the actual win total.
“I was very, very proud of him,” Popovich said Monday at the team’s Media Day. “Because for somebody who really does dislike being the front man or in front of the camera, he took the lead solely for the good of other people and was willing to quote unquote eat it and do what he needed to do to help a large group of people. He did a fine job. And he is still at it.”
September 25, 2017 | 5:54 pm EDT Update
“I don’t know (about the frontcourt),” Ainge added. “Right now I’m okay. We haven’t played a game yet, but right now I’m fine. … Often times, coaches and fans and everybody are in a real rush to get extra players and fill that 15th roster spot. I mean, you can’t believe how many phone calls I’ve had about that 15th roster spot.”