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Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to Brady, Rodgers

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  • By Tyler Horka NFL.com
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The NFL rarely sees a father lobbying for his son the way basketball-crazed LaVar Ball lobbies for his son Lonzo, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second-overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft.

LaVar has made splashes all over the media landscape leading up to the draft, declaring his son is already better than Golden State's two-time MVP, Stephen Curry.

It didn't take long for Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to follow suit in a rather contradictory manner. On Friday, Pelinka compared Ball to two of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks of all time.

"I don't like a whole bunch of hyperbole and a whole bunch of words," Pelinka told ESPN. "I think when this really came 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."

While Lonzo certainly has a well-rounded skill-set -- averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game for UCLA while leading the Bruins to the Sweet 16 -- he's leaps and bounds behind Brady and Rodgers in his respective sport.

Brady put a bow on his quarterback-record fifth Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LI, while Rodgers owns the NFL's all-time record for passer rating with a mark of 104.1.

Rodgers has one Super Bowl title to his credit as well. Though it might take awhile for Lonzo to rack up such hardware in the NBA, his father -- unsurprisingly -- doesn't think so.

"Lonzo Ball is gonna take the Lakers to the playoffs his first year," LaVar told ESPN moments after his son was drafted. "Come see me when he does."

It's almost a sure-fire bet that Brady and Rodgers will be playing in the postseason, but we can't quite vouch for Ball and the Lakers.

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