The 2017 NBA Draft will be taking place on June 22nd in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is projected to be a Top 5 pick, but he is already gearing up to avoid an embarrassing incident.
When Ball attends the big event next month he has stated that he will ask his father LaVar to drop him off at the curb outside the Barclays Center.
“My dad is always embarrassing me.” said Lonzo. “First he said I would be better than Steph Curry, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook, then he said he could beat Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in one-on-one. I’m just sick of him.”
The elder Ball has been extremely vocal throughout Lonzo’s collegiate career and the draft process. Back in April, he criticized the UCLA coaching staff when they lost to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo—’One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite Eight, they’re right there.”
Is Lonzo worried about the repercussions he might face for ditching his father at the draft?
“What’s he going to to? Start a shoe company selling cheap Kobe wanna-be’s for $500 dollars a pop?” Ball asked.
“Been there, done that.”