Could UCLA guard Lonzo Ball actually fall in the draft because of, well, interesting statements and behavior from his father, LaVar Ball?
LaVar Ball, the former Jets practice-squad tight end in the mid-1990s, didn’t make it to the combine. That is, this week’s NBA scouting combine that concluded Saturday.
That was a relief to NBA talent evaluators. Some find sports’ most infamous father a nuisance and possible reason UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is no longer the consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.
This refutes comments made by Lakers president Magic Johnson, who said Lonzo’s draft position would be based solely on Lonzo’s play — and nothing LaVar says or does.
But whether it impacts Lonzo’s stock or not, he clearly has become the most polarizing figure in this year’s draft — sort of like Johnny Manziel once was in football. The difference is, of course, that Lonzo doesn’t have to say a word or do a thing to get noticed. His dad does it all for him.
Also per the NY Post: “According to interviews with a dozen GMs, personnel directors and scouts, LaVar Ball’s antics likely won’t cause Lonzo to slide past No. 2 in the June 22 draft. But some wonder if Lonzo wouldn’t be the clear-cut top pick if he didn’t come with the baggage his father creates with his series of outlandish statements, including one that struck some as racially insensitive.”
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 13, 2017