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Tim Graham's Power Take: Anything less than superstardom for Lonzo Ball will not be enough

What a tough spot for a discerning Lakers fan to be in.

Your favorite club has drafted not only one of the best point passers to come out of college this century, but also his helicopter father.

As a Lakers fan you want Lonzo Ball to succeed. But his father erases some joy. LaVar Ball already has declared his son will take the Lakers to the 2018 playoffs even though Las Vegas has them around a 50-to-1 long shot.

LaVar is the same hammerhead who said he would have dominated Michael Jordan back in the day.

LaVar averaged 2.2 points for Kelvin Sampson at Washington State. Over the weekend, an old newspaper article made the internet rounds. "We could lock LaVar in a barn for two hours," Sampson said, "and I don't think he could score 20 points."

At Lonzo's introductory news conference, Lakers executive Magic Johnson said he expected them to retire Lonzo's jersey someday.

Johnson also criticized previous point guard D'Angelo Russell, a No. 2 overall pick the icon once called "a future superstar" then jettisoned last week, for not being a good enough leader. Russell is 21.

Lonzo Ball turns 20 in October, and the expectations don't seem nearly that mature.

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