31 March, 2017
On Wednesday, Ball made a bold statement.
"Why shouldn't they (pick Lonzo first)?"
LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA freshman sensation Lonzo Ball, has said a lot of ridiculous things over the past few months, but perhaps the most insane thing to come out of his mouth was his claim that he'd beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.
Many saw those, especially the first one with the sleeping emoji, as jabs at Lonzo and LaVar Ball (remember, LaVar told TMZ that Markelle isn't a victor a week before this Bruins loss). "No, I have to worry about the offseason, and I just buy you a trainer and hope that you turn out OK", Ball theorized on the podcast.
In any case, the takes from and regarding LaVar Ball probably aren't going away any time soon.
Lonzo Ball, a projected top pick in the draft, said he has the same type of confidence as his outspoken father, but prefers to let his game speak for him.More news: Bungie announces Destiny 2 with logo teasing destruction of The Last City
Thoughts on Ball vs. Fultz? As far as I know, no professional athletes are wetting their beaks on these purchases. We're a big family.
LaVar's comments have put the Ball family under the national spotlight, with sports talk shows like NBA on TNT and SportsCenter, and the commentary has been mostly negative. "I'm just a better teacher than I am a hitter, I guess", he told the Associated Press. Say what you want about them, and I've certainly said plenty, but they are absolutely fascinating in their ability to manufacture drama.
The amount of commotion surrounding Lonzo makes him a jacked-up, supremely hyped version of the college star prototype, but it's not yet clear whether he is actually more talented than his peers and predecessors as his father says he is. If you've spent more than five minutes watching ESPN First Take in your life, then you know that Stephen A.is, more often than not, the one sounding off on the show. Noticing that the method (the constant ball-pressure method LaVar had his sons run on his AAU teams) wasn't working, Gilling told Chino Hills-which fielded LiAngelo and LaMelo at the time-to just play man-up.
Lavar also said he was pleased that UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford is staying with the program after speculation of potentially returning to his alma matar, Indiana.
I'm looking forward to LeBron going out of his way to dunk on Lonzo next season.