Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss is definitely aware of LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball, who’s projected to be the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Buss believes there’s nothing to worry about LaVar since she already handled the same situation in the past.
“In regards to a parent or a spouse or a family member and their influence on a player, I have been in this business over 30 years, and I think that strong family advocates for their son or daughter or brother or sister, spouse, I think that’s important to have the support of the family,” Buss said. “I think that any parent is going to think their kid is the best player on your team. And so I’ve dealt with parents and family members before.”
LaVar Ball continues to make noise in the league with his controversial statements and antics. After the Lakers acquired the second overall pick in the NBA draft lottery, the Ball family celebrated and seemed confident that Lonzo will wear purple and gold next season. LaVar also made it clear to other NBA teams that he’s son will only be working out with the Lakers.
Lakers’ Jeanie Buss doesn’t have an issue with LaVar Ball’s antics
In an appearance on “Buckets” on Thursday, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss answered Rob Perez’ question about LaVar Ball. Perez asked the type of influence Buss would be ‘okay with him having,’ if the Lakers draft Lonzo Ball. Buss said she won’t have any issue with LaVar. Also, she hints the possibility that the Lakers will still look at other prospects in the upcoming draft.
“I don’t see any issue with that, but again it’s going to be up to our front office as to who that person will be, and I will embrace whoever our new player is and give them the support to make sure that they are the best that they can be and perhaps even exceed their own expectations of what they can accomplish in the NBA,” Buss said.
Lakers also considering De’Aaron Fox and Josh Jackson
Most mock drafts predict the Lakers selecting Lonzo Ball at No. 2. However, with Buss statement, it seems like the Lakers aren’t yet lock on the UCLA Bruins star. Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN revealed that the Lakers are also interested in using the second overall pick on drafting Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox or Kansas small forward Josh Jackson.
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