BOSTON – UCLA’s Lonzo Ball has established himself as one of the top players in college basketball, a sure-fire lottery pick (top 14) who many project to be among the top three players chosen in the June NBA draft.
But as talented as the 6-foot-6 guard has been, his father LaVar Ball has been grabbing most of the headlines recently.
There’s the ongoing beef between LaVar Ball and Charles Barkley; the elder Ball claiming he could have “killed” Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one “back in my heyday;” and then there’s the goal he has set for his sons (Lonzo Ball’s younger brothers, LiAngelo and LeMelo, are both high schoolers who have committed to UCLA) to sign a $1 billion-dollar shoe deals, which has all sorts of logistical issues, chief among them being the younger Balls' amateurism which would be jeopardized by such a deal.
So, whatever team drafts Lonzo Ball, you do so knowing that Papa Ball is part of the package.
While not speaking about the Ball family specifically, the Celtics appear to be open to the idea of selecting him.
“I would never hold a player’s family against a player if I like a player,” Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show. “I don’t see too much distractions with parents that are in the media. Usually the players are pretty good and the teams are pretty good.”
If the Celtics wind up with the No. 1 overall selection, via their pick from the Brooklyn Nets, Boston would likely choose between Washington’s Markelle Fultz and Ball, with most draft projections having Fultz taken No. 1 overall by whatever team winds up with the pick.