Lonzo Ball's Dad LaVar Discusses Son Possibly Playing for Lakers, More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins handles the ball against the USC Trojans during a NCAA Pac12 conference college basketball game at Galen Center on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, has not been shy in front of a microphone and has an idea of where he'd like his son to play in the NBA. 

In an interview on the Kevin and Mike Show on KCUB 1290-AM in Arizona, Ball said his son has one destination in mind. 

"My son will only play for the [Los Angeles] Lakers," he said, via Michael Luke of KCUB.

Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Ball later clarified those comments to make sure other teams know the Lakers aren't the only club he will play for when he's drafted:

All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I'm going to speak it into existence. I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn't saying he's only going to play for the Lakers. I'm not trying to say he won't play for a different team. But I'd like him to play for the Lakers because it's home and I'd love him to learn from Magic (Johnson) He's the best guard ever to me, and nobody better for Lonzo to learn from than Magic Johnson.

UCLA's super-freshman is from the Los Angeles area and played locally at Chino Hills High School. 

While the full NBA draft order won't be determined until the lottery May 16, there's a good chance the Lakers, who own the NBA's third-worst record at 19-40, will be in the mix for one of the top picks to draft Ball if they want to. 

B/R NBA draft analyst Jonathan Wasserman projected Ball to be the No. 2 pick, to the Phoenix Suns, in his most recent mock posted February 24.

The Ball patriarch has recently drawn headlines for telling the Pac-12 Network his son is better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry (via Frankie Vision):

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On Saturday, the elder Ball addressed those claims with KCUB and why he made them (via AllSportsTucson.com's Javier Morales):

I have my opinion of my son and I watch people play. I said he's better than (Curry) … to me! That don't have to be for everybody else. But to me I think my son is better than (Curry) and I don't care what nobody says. I'm saying he's taller, faster, stronger. ...

Put him in the right situation. (Curry) shoots the ball. Lonzo shoots the ball. He dribbles the ball. Lonzo dribbles the ball. Like I said, he's going to have problems if he tries to go against my son one-on-one, but it's a team game. I don't know why everybody gets mad for. What I'm not going to say is Lonzo is pretty good but he's no (Curry). Stop it. (Curry) is pretty good but he's no Lonzo Ball.

While Ball's statements continue to mount pressure on his son for when the NBA comes calling, there's no denying the UCLA star's profound impact on the court this season. 

The Bruins entered Saturday with a 25-3 record, their highest amount of wins in a campaign since 2013-14, and Ball is averaging 15.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.

Whenever he turns pro, he'll have a huge target on his back because of the checks his dad keeps writing for him. 


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