LaVar Ball's antics may prove of little consequence when it comes time for his son Lonzo to enter the NBA.
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough took a similar stance, telling ESPN (via CBS Sports' Matt Norlander): "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."
There's no question LaVar's constant promotion of himself and his sons can be grating for fans, but most of his boasts are harmless and have little to no impact on his sons' careers.
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At the same time, it wouldn't be surprising his LaVar's nature did give some teams pause about potentially drafting Lonzo.
LaVar may have played the role of overbearing sports dad with the Chino Hills High School basketball team as well. When reporting on the departure of the team's head coach, Stephan Gilling, after one year, the Los Angeles Times' Eric Sondheimer reported Ball and Gilling "got into a war of words at the end of the season."
In an interview with For The Win's Andrew Joseph, Gilling detailed how LaVar undermined him in front of the Chino Hills players.
Lonzo averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists a game as a freshman for the UCLA Bruins. He's one of the best players in the 2017 draft class.
While LaVar is unlikely to cost his son any draft position, it wouldn't be surprising if the team that selects Lonzo takes steps to ensure LaVar takes a less active role in his son's career compared to his involvement with Chino Hills.