Lonzo Ball's time with the Lakers may be over, but his time of reflection is not. In an interview on the LightHarted Podcast, he looked back on his pre-draft workout with the team, explaining how bad he performed despite being one of the most hyped prospects of the draft that year.
The workout with the Lakers was the worst workout I’ve ever had. Ever.
It has to be the worst workout for a number two pick. It has to. That’s how bad. It was terrible. They had to come to Chino to watch me work out again.
I was by myself. But I got sick, and I didn’t tell nobody. So, I had drank a whole bottle of codeine. I mean, not codeine, but cough syrup.
I couldn’t move. Ask B Shaw. B Shaw will tell you. He was like, “What the hell?” That was the first time I met B Shaw, and he was like, “I don’t think he it.” I could see it on his face. I would take two steps. I couldn’t dunk. They were like, “Get up.” I was like, “I can’t. I can’t dunk.”
I couldn’t move, bro. I’m like, “Damn.”
After the workout, I’m like, this ain’t – we’re going to have to do another one. We scheduled a second workout, and it was all good from there. But that first one, man. If those tapes ever get released, it’s bad. It’s real bad.
Apparently, Zo was having trouble keeping his cool during the workout. It's a miracle the Lakers ended up selecting him.
In his first two seasons with the franchise, Lonzo averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists as he became an essential member of the Lakers' offense. Unfortunately, his inability to shoot kept him from reaching his full potential.
In New Orleans, he will hope to continue his upward trajectory.