Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery went about as well as the Los Angeles Lakers could have hoped. The Celtics landed the No. 1 overall pick, but the Lakers came in at No. 2, moving one spot above where their odds projected and ensuring that they hold onto their pick, rather than having it transfer to Philadelphia if it fell out of the top-3. Magic Johnson’s reaction to learning the Lakers would stay in the top 3 and hold onto their pick told the entire story.
The lottery also went according to plan for Lonzo and LaVar Ball, who have been pushing to get on the Lakers for months. Both Lonzo and his father have voiced their desire for the former UCLA star to stay at home with the Lakers, and with L.A. landing at No. 2, that seems to be all but assured.