LaVar Ball has had more said about him than possibly any other sport parent in the history of sports. His gum-flapping ability is so prodigious, that he has managed to outshine the actual talent that he has hinged his profile to: his son Lonzo Ball.
Lonzo is a talented basketball player coming out of UCLA who appears to be the desired target of the Los Angeles Lakers. LaVar has indicated that his son will only play for the Lakers.
With LA holding the second overall pick, he might very well get his wish.
However, questions have arisen as to how much of a distraction LaVar would be to whatever team Lonzo joined. On Wednesday, Lakers coach Luke Walton addressed those concerns head on during an interview on the “Jim Rome Show.”
As transcribed by the Score, Ball said:
“No, I wouldn’t (be concerned about LaVar’s opinionated nature). We’re in the NBA, to me that’s not an issue. Parents are always gonna have their opinions. They’re gonna be outspoken at times.
Lonzo recently worked out for the Lakers, who appeared impressed by the former Bruin. Walton said that LaVar wouldn’t be allowed in the gym during the workout, but that he was more than welcomed to join them for dinner afterwards.
LaVar declined, and Lonzo met with coach Walton, Magic Johnson, and Rob Pelinka on his own.
Lonzo is the figurehead of the Big Baller Brand, a brand of his fathers own design.
Everyone at the BBB is hoping that he is taken by the Los Angeles Lakers, but that won’t officially be known until June 22 when the draft takes place.