Drew Doughty avoided spotlight

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Drew Doughty is pretty sure Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball’s first steps in the Los Angeles sports market will bear no resemblance to his own start nine years ago.

“My dad (Paul) was definitely more in the background (than headline-grabbing basketball papa LaVar Ball is),” the Kings star defenceman said Wednesday at Logan Couture’s ‘All-in For Brain Research’ charity casino fundraiser at Centennial Hall, “and that was for the best for me. It worked out.”

Both the hockey player and hoopster were teenagers chosen second overall in their respective sport’s entry drafts. Both were picked by terrible teams looking for a young player to turn their franchise’s fortunes around.

“But he’s at a different level than I was,” Doughty said of the former UCLA Bruin. “Second overall, yes, but the Kings aren’t the No. 1 team in L.A. The Lakers and (baseball’s) Dodgers overtake that. We were up there (in the conversation) when we were winning (Stanley) Cups, no doubt.

“But as a rookie, I was never at that level. There’s some different things he has to deal with and figure out for himself.”

The Londoner made it a point to distance himself from the glitz and glamour of the city’s celebrity factory early in his NHL career.

“I kept myself away from the Hollywood scene,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I never went there, but I stayed close to my Kings teammates and tried to not make too many friends outside of my hockey circle right away.”

It’s fast-paced, but not impossible to manage, in Doughty’s opinion.

“I wouldn’t say it’s difficult,” the two-time Olympic and Stanley Cup champion said. “I had good people around me and great coaches. (Veteran defenceman) Matt Greene took me in, almost like an older brother, and taught me the ropes.

“He just stopped playing for us (the Kings bought out his contract in June) and became a scout. That was a sad day for me. He really helped me.”

Hopefully, someone on the Lakers can do the same for Ball.

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