Basically since LaVar Ball broke onto the scene as an outspoken (and even disruptive) personality, there’s been speculation about how that would affect the draft stock of his son, former UCLA star Lonzo Ball.
Even current NBA stars have weighed in on how LaVar could potentially hurt and even make Lonzo a target when he plays in the NBA. While Lonzo’s UCLA teammates Bryce Alford wouldn’t say that LaVar is hurting his son, he does see that people have formed a reputation of Lonzo solely based on his father — a reputation that is far off.
Alford hopes that the NBA sees the real Lonzo Ball.
He said via Bill Oram of Southern California News Group:
“It’s just an unfair thing for Lonzo just because I think he gets a rep he doesn’t deserve. And I don’t want to say anything poorly against LaVar, I think he’s done a good job of getting him ready to be where he’s at and he’s helped him become a great basketball player. So, I don’t want to say anything that way, but he does get a persona that’s just totally not him. He’s an absolutely great kid, great teammate and truly cares about what his teammates are doing more so than himself. So if anything, I hope NBA people can see that.”
And that’s generally in line with what we’ve heard about Lonzo. Those surrounding Chino Hills High School (Calif.) basketball described Lonzo as “quiet” and a “great kid” to For The Win in March. During his appearance on ESPN’s First Take with his father, Lonzo let LaVar do most of the talking.
Lonzo expects that target and he told Fox Sports in March that he’s not afraid of it.
But since then, LaVar has released $495 shoes for Lonzo, threatened a Fox Sports co-host and then made $60 shirts off that same interview.
A lot can happen between now and the NBA draft.