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Andrew Bogut says Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is nothing like he expected

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Lonzo Ball is arguably the most hyped rookie to enter the NBA since LeBron James in 2003.

There has been a huge amount of buzz and publicity surrounding the youngster for much of the year largely because of his father LaVar.

Lonzo is a talented point guard but has become a household name before playing a single NBA game because of the way his father has promoted him and the outlandish comments he's given to the media about his son's abilities.

All of this press has placed a level of pressure on the shoulders of the 19-year-old as he prepares for his rookie campaign playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

Representing the most decorated franchise and being in one of the league's biggest markets have only added to the Lonzo hype train after the Purple and Gold selected him with the number two overall pick in the draft.

As a result of being in the media spotlight and because of the antics of his father, many people have formed opinions of Ball, whether good or bad.

Even his new teammates didn't know what to expect. But since he began life as a Laker, they have had nothing but positive things to say about him.

Veteran Andrew Bogut, who the Lakers signed prior to training camp, admits he had preconceived opinions on what the youngster was like but says he's been pleasantly surprised by what he's seen.

"All the hype with what his dad has done with the brand means people want to knock him down," Bogut said of his new Lakers point guard. "People love it, people hate it.

"Fortunately that reflects on Lonzo as well but he is the complete opposite to what I thought.

“He is softly spoken, has a good sense of humour and doesn’t say a lot. Nobody has had any issues with him.

“People’s true colours come out as the season goes on but I don’t think he is like anything that has been reported.”

Despite LaVar's outspoken and in-your-face style, Lonzo is completely different and stays reserved and cool.

It's easy for many to judge the UCLA product from the outside but it's clear that his only focus is on playing basketball and is not worried about what others do or say.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, they were unable to see the guard in action over much of the pre-season as an ankle injury saw him play just two games.

But there is a hope that he will be able to make his debut when they take on the Clippers in a battle of L.A. to begin the new season at Staples Center on Thursday night.

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L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kobe Bryant

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