Gary Payton Says the Lakers Need a Leader, Not Another Ball Brother

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Gary Payton is stompin’ out all of the LiAngelo Ball-to-L.A. buzz — saying what the Lakers need is a damn superstar, not Lonzo’s little bro!!  

GP’s son, Gary II, is on a 2-way deal with the Lake Show this season … so he has been keeping a close watch on the squad and, obviously, the Ball fam.

Gary only had nice things to say about ‘Zo and LaVar … but if it came to L.A. grabbing ‘Gelo from the NBA draft, the Hall of Famer wasn’t having it.  

“I don’t believe in that,” Payton told Sports. “I don’t think groups are ignorant like that … what the Lakers need is a big-time star, a pioneer.”

Of course, we had to ask if he thought that leader was one LeBron Raymone James – and GP dished.