When it comes to passing a class, there isn't anything much more stressful than having to take a final exam at the end of the semester.
Prior to the test, a high school senior in Indiana named William Pate took to Twitter with a long-shot request. A pair of photos that accompanied the tweet showed Pate's teacher shaking on the deal.
With 11.5 million Twitter followers, Bryant receives hundreds of mentions each day -- many of which probably never get read by the future Hall of Famer.
But Thursday was different. The Black Mamba seemingly slithered up out of nowhere and responded to Pate with a retweet and message.
Although Bryant was never known for passing, he really came through with a nice assist on this one.
-- Nick Ostiller
Ball will participate in a pre-draft workout with the Lakers only, his father, LaVar, told Lakers Nation on Tuesday.
"That's all we working out for is the Lakers," LaVar Ball said. "Just the Lakers. There's nobody else that we need to work out for."
A source close to Lonzo Ball had told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that it's been "clear from the start our desired destination is Los Angeles."
Ball starred in his only season at nearby UCLA. He also played high school ball at Chino Hills.
LaVar Ball is convinced that adding his son will return the Lakers to the postseason, which they haven't reached since 2012-13.
"The Lakers make the playoffs as soon as my boy gets there," Ball told Lakers Nation.
Lonzo Ball's decision to skip a workout with the Boston Celtics, who hold the No. 1 pick, could have major financial implications. The difference on a guaranteed rookie wage scale contract between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks is $2,202,900, according to the collective bargaining agreement. The difference could be more striking if taxes are considered; California has the highest state taxes in the United States at 13.3 percent, while Massachusetts' taxes are 5.1 percent.
A Lakers source says the team will look at dozens of players with the second and 28th picks. The players under the strongest consideration at No. 2 right now are Markelle Fultz
And with the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft ... let the speculation begin!
The NBA draft lottery was full of tension, but ultimately the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers came away as big winners Tuesday night, landing the top two picks and the chance to select a franchise-changing player.
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