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Lonzo Ball Says He Didn't Live Up the Expectations of a No. 2 Draft Pick

By Daryl Nelson
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Lonzo Ball said he didn't live up to the hype that was placed on him after he was selected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA's 2017 draft.

He's had two subpar injury-filled seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Ball was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans after last season in a package deal for Anthony Davis.

"You’re supposed to turn the franchise around. And I don’t think I did it to the best of my abilities," Ball told The Athletic. "I didn’t live up to that standard. Now I’m here and I’m blessed to be here."

“These are two totally different situations," he added. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to the first year in L.A., then LeBron [James] came, all the injuries happened and that really messed up the second year. Here, we have Zion [Williamson], Jrue [Holiday], JJ [Redick)] D. Fav [Derrick Favors], all the guys that came with me in B.I. [Brandon Ingram] and J. [Josh] Hart. So we have a lot of guys that can play. I’m trying to do my part.”

How do you think Ball will do in New Orleans?

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