Lonzo Ball is the new face of the Los Angeles Lakers, for all intents and purposes, after being selected second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. In fact, Ball’s new club expects him to transcend the sport itself.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka expressed as much during Ball’s introductory press conference Friday, saying Ball will channel two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history during his NBA career.

“In press conferences, I don’t like a lot of hyperbole and a whole bunch of words,” Pelinka said, via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “I like to tell stories. I think when this really into focus for us was, we knew the talent was transcendent. The way he passes the ball, you look at quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, that just have a gift. There’s clearly a gift, with what he’s been blessed with.”

It’s a curious quote from Pelinka, namely because he went straight into hyperbolic terms regarding Ball mere seconds after vowing not to. In any event, Ball will face the loftiest of expectations as he’s now expected to bring the Lakers back to their previous glory.

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