NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects LaVar Ball to "settle down" after his son, top 2017 draft prospect Lonzo Ball, gets selected.
While making an appearance on Wednesday's edition of Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio, Silver inevitably got asked about the outspoken Ball patriarch. ESPN.com passed along the response from the league's chief executive, who said there are no plans for a conversation between the two in the short term.
"I think here, if I were an NBA team looking at Lonzo Ball, I'm not sure how much consideration I would give to his father. I think ultimately the issue is, how much game does Lonzo have, how great a player can he be," Silver said. "I think his dad will invariably settle down once his son is drafted and a team has the appropriate discussions with him. So I'm not concerned about that."
He also called LaVar's ability to generate attention "quite incredible."
The commissioner's line of thinking falls right in line with NBA legend Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers' new president of basketball operations. He told ESPN's Jeff Goodman earlier in the month that the team's evacuation of Lonzo wouldn't be impacted by LaVar's hands-on approach.
"[No effect] at all," Johnson said. "I think what you're drafting is the son and not the father. I think that you also are gauging and evaluating his son on his ability and what he can do not only on the basketball court but also what he can do for your team. How he can enhance and make your team better."
L.A. ended up landing the second overall pick during the draft lottery, which should put them in position to land the UCLA point guard. It's a dream scenario for the elder Ball, who told Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation his son will only work out with the Lakers.
Johnson wouldn't say whether his team was targeting Ball following the lottery, though. He explained to TMZ Sports the organization was "very happy" about the lottery results, but otherwise wouldn't tip his hand about its potential direction.
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Meanwhile, not everybody is convinced LaVar's presence won't be a factor. One NBA general manager spoke with Sean Deveney of Sporting News after the hoopla started to intensify in March and felt it's something front offices must take into account.
"It doesn't help, all this stuff with his father," the GM said. "I don't know what is gained for the kid by putting that much pressure on him. Nobody from the league has been meeting with [Lonzo] or anything, but that is going to be another thing to look at when it comes to due diligence before the draft. How does he handle his dad, is it just something he laughs about, or is it real pressure on him?"
Ball is joined by Washington point guard Markelle Fultz and Kansas small forward Josh Jackson as the most coveted players in the draft class. He'll find out whether Los Angeles remains his home on June 22 when the draft takes place from the Barclays Center in New York City.