It should come as no surprise that UCLA basketball parents parents are a microcosm of the entire sports world when it comes to their opinion on LaVar Ball.
The outspoken and opinionated father of Lonzo Ball has regularly garnered the spotlight, often times more so than his son, and has turned himself into something of a reality TV star without a show (for now).
What did the parents at UCLA have to say about it?
Well, some loved LaVar and thought he was no worse or better than any other involved and passionate sports parent. Others, though, didn’t really care for the way he carried himself and drew attention for the wrong reasons, according to TMZ Sports.
Fellow parents appears split on the issue. One parent who was asked about their thoughts on the father of the talented UCLA Bruins guard didn’t appear to hold anything back.
“I would never do what he’s doing. He’s making it about himself. It’s like he’s trying to take the spotlight from his sons. Lonzo is a great player. He didn’t need his dad to say all these things to make headlines. He’s a good enough player to let his game do the talking.”
Even those that didn’t think LaVar was a distraction stopped short of saying that they liked the stage parent approach that he took with his sons basketball career:
“Was LaVar a distraction? Absolutely not. Parents acting like [LaVar] and the way he went about it is nothing new. It’s part of the dynamic of athletics.”
Lonzo was likely going to be a top-five pick regardless of what his father did or said throughout the course of the season. How much he has helped or hurt Lonzo’s draft stock is a matter of contention as well.
Lonzo Ball confirmed that he will be declaring for the NBA draft immediately after UCLA’s loss in the NCAA tournament.