LaVar Ball: Lakers would be Lonzo Ball’s team, as they ‘really don’t have a leader’
Lonzo Ball declined a workout with the Celtics, who have the No. 1 pick. He hasn’t been shy about his desire to get drafted by the second-picking Lakers, because they play in his native Southern California.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar Ball, expanded on how the Lakers are preferable for the UCLA guard.
How do D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and every other Laker feel about it being Lonzo’s team?
If the Lakers draft Lonzo, his dad is setting him up to walk into a resentful locker room. And it’s not as if Lonzo is helping. His earlier comments on the Lakers – “They have a lot of good players. Obviously they need a leader, a point guard, and I feel like I can bring that to the team – could have been spun as more benign:
The Lakers need another leader. They need another point guard.
Lonzo wasn’t necessarily stepping so directly on Russell’s toes (though it mostly seemed he was). LaVar’s declarations make it harder to spin.
Now, his own team might have more reason to begrudge him.
This won’t be the easiest path for a rookie to acclimate.