National Basketball Association teams must beware of Lonzo Ball because of his dad

Hazel Gray
March 19, 2017

"But he keeps getting headlines, and I guess that's what he wants".

"It's definitely different, but it's the game of basketball and we've been playing all our lives", Leaf said of his first NCAA Tournament experience.

It's not as if Ball was offering up a 10-minute attack on LeBron James Jr., but he was doubting whether Bronnie (as he's called) would be able to play up to his potential and the rather significant shadow cast by his own father.

The elder Ball has verbally jabbed Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, and back-to-back MVP Steph Curry in recent weeks, but now he has a new target: Washington's Markelle Fultz, another freshman potentially vying to be the No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft. He's never going to change for the cameras.

"He wants to play one-and-one and all this, and he says I averaged two points - who cares?"

Teams such as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers might have to weigh LaVar Ball's impact when deciding whether to select Lonzo Ball with a premium lottery draft pick, including the top spot.

He looks like a cross between Jason Kidd and Dennis Johnson and plays like a college version of ... man, I hate to venture into hyperbole here, but let's just say there are some Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson tendencies. And the third? Well, if you missed what LaVar Ball had to say about another certain National Basketball Association legend recently, one who answers to His Airness, here's the quote for your bewilderment, annoyance, and amusement at once.

It's enough to make your head spin, but it's also bringing some attention to the Ball brand, which can be a good thing.

"He's not my favorite player now". In the interview, Ball was asked about the pressure that comes to sons of former great players. "He'll be all right, though".

Secondly, we finally got to see LaVar in action when he took on Marcellus Wiley of ESPN's SportsNation.

"Credit to my teammates", Ball said of the record.

Elsewhere, Ball cracked yet more doughnut jokes at Barkley's expense.

"Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. He's too slow, he can't walk - I mean, what's he going to do?" "Thinking he could beat me now, he's gotta be insane".

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