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Lakers fans lined up to meet LaVar Ball before the preseason opener

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Welcome to the Laker family!

Melo Ball's 16th Birthday Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions

The Los Angeles Lakers are playing their first preseason game since drafting Lonzo Ball, so yes, it’s a big Saturday night for the franchise.

The preseason opener is in Anaheim at the Honda Center, one of the usual exhibition venues for the purple and gold. That makes for a smaller, more intimate, arena setting compared to to a night in STAPLES Center. That also makes things, like Lakers fans lining up to meet and welcome LaVar Ball to our basketball family, possible.

See for yourself:

Is it absolutely crazy? Sure. On the other hand, with how much hope is being placed on Lonzo being the key to a Lakers revival, it’s not surprising so many want to shake his father’s hand while welcoming them to the purple and gold family.

Still, mostly crazy, and this is something I expect we’ll see plenty of all season.