Magic Johnson: LaVar Ball doesn't affect evaluation of son Lonzo

Magic Johnson: LaVar Ball doesn't affect evaluation of son Lonzo

LaVar Ball won't stop talking to the point where there are legitimate questions about blowback for his son.

But Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says LaVar doesn't affect his view of Lonzo Ball, a potential top-three pick in this June's NBA Draft.

Johnson told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that the outspoken elder Ball "has no effect at all" on how he evaluates Lonzo. 

"I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father," Johnson told ESPN. "I think that you also are gauging and evaluating his son on his ability and what he can do not only on the basketball court but also what he can do for your team. How he can enhance and make your team better."

The Lakers, of course, only keep their pick if it lands in the top three. If it falls outside the top three, the pick conveys to the Sixers, providing Johnson no opportunity to draft Ball this June. Ball has indicated he'd like to play for the Lakers after growing up in Chino Hills, Calif., and attending UCLA. It would certainly make for quite the Hollywood story.

But LaVar's comments aren't making other teams shy away as well. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough, whose team has the second best odds of landing the first overall selection, also said that Lonzo's dad doesn't change his team's calculus. Per Goodman, several other league execs also agree with Magic and McDonough. 

"Not really, no," McDonough said at the NBA Draft Combine. "We evaluate the player, first and foremost. Every player comes from a different family situation. It seems like LaVar has been extremely involved in Lonzo's career and obviously he's a polarizing guy, but on the court, in terms of development, it seems like it's helped Lonzo."

Pa. lawmakers have no idea how to do an E-A-G-L-E-S chant

Mike DeNardo

Pa. lawmakers have no idea how to do an E-A-G-L-E-S chant

This is ... this is just embarrassing.

Maybe we'd be better off with Joe Lunchpail from the 700 level running Washington.

And Tony Williams should know better as he represents parts of South and West Philadelphia in his senate district.

We can probably give the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, a pass? Maybe? 

I don't know. This is just bad form.

This video from KYW's Mike DeNardo comes from an opening of a grocery store in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia. The politicos were trying to show some team spirit with the Eagles hosting the Vikings this week in the NFC Championship game. Hopefully, that game goes much better than this horrific chant attempt.

Philly police preparing for potential Super Bowl madness

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Philly police preparing for potential Super Bowl madness

Be prepared.

That’s the Boy Scout's motto, but it’s also the motto for the Philadelphia Police Department heading into this weekend’s NFC Championship Game at the Linc between the Eagles and Vikings.

Win or lose, there’s going to be a big reaction from fans once the game goes final and one of the locations the police expect a lot of activity is in the area of Frankford and Cottman Avenues.

Here’s the notice that was sent two days ago that was posted on the Mayfair Civic Association Facebook Page.

Hopefully the fans will be out in full force to celebrate after the game this Sunday, but either way, we hope no people, property, or horses are harmed. However, it’s good to take these steps to be ready.