De’Aaron Fox is an expected top-10 NBA draft pick, and he’s not quite sure what to make of LaVar Ball.
Fox is a former point guard for Kentucky. LaVar Ball is the loquacious father of Lonzo Ball, another point guard and expected lottery pick, out of UCLA.
“In the last year, he became relevant for some reason,” Fox said of LaVar in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “When I knew Lonzo in high school, I’d never seen his dad before. He went crazy this year. I guess when your son is a lottery pick, that gives you a lot of confidence.”
Per the Associated Press:
Fox averaged 16.7 points and led the SEC in assists with 4.6 per game as a freshman for the Wildcats, who ousted Ball’s UCLA Bruins in this year’s Sweet 16. Fox said he was partly motivated for the game by taking a “shut LaVar Ball up” mindset, having previously co-opted a “kill mode all the time” approach.
Fox added that LaVar has “put a target on his neck,” in reference to Lonzo. And now, everyone will be looking to shut down the younger Ball — even more than most high-profile rookies, Fox said.
“Not just the great point guards,” Fox told SI. “Every point guard. Like Patrick Beverley’s not going to do it offensively, but he’s gonna be like, ‘Yo, this kid’s not about to get past half court.'”