LaVar Ball, son of UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Chino Hills’ LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball, is talking his way into the national basketball spotlight lately. The flamboyant father recently said Lonzo is better than Steph Curry and that 16-year-old LaMelo may need a pro to stop him right now.
And even more recently, Ball declared he wanted Lonzo to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, creating waves in the basketball word. Ball, however, clarified that statement through ESPN and said he simply wanted Lonzo to learn from the Purple and Gold’s recently-designated president of basketball operations.
“All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” LaVar Ball told ESPN on Saturday night. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”
“I want him to be a Laker,” Ball told KCUB. “He’s gonna be the first one that’s homegrown, and trust me, he’ll do the same thing he’s doing at UCLA.”
In response to a question about the Lakers’ hypothetically securing the third pick in the draft, the elder Ball told the radio station that he would tell the top two squads to avoid drafting his son.
The elder Ball hedged that statement when speaking to ESPN.
“I’m not trying to say he won’t play for a different team,” LaVar Ball said. “But I’d like him to play for the Lakers because it’s home, and I’d love him to learn from Magic [Johnson]. He’s the best guard ever to me, and nobody better for Lonzo to learn from than Magic Johnson.”
Well, for the Lakers to even have a chance to get him, they must have to lose games and hope the basketball gods are smiling on them in the Draft lottery. If the Lakers’ pick falls outside the top three, it will go to the Philadelphia 76ers.