By: Shawn Palmer
The curious case of the Ball family has just begun. With Lonzo entering the NBA this year, and a few more Ball clones on their way to the UCLA basketball program, this family may never go away.
Is Lavars heavy presence in his sons life a bad thing? This may be the one case where it might be. These kids are going to have 24/7 attention, mostly filled with ridicule. Whys that? Because of their dad of course. When you look at Lonzo, he's a quiet kid, who is a great competitor. The thing is, he is too quiet. A kid who can't not speak for himself, just standing in the back round while his father makes a joke of his life. If Lonzo wants to make it in the NBA, he needs to distance himself from his father and be a MAN. He is going to be eaten live by the NBA and also the fans.
(Lavar shaking his head and smiling like he just escaped a psych ward)
Lavar has consistently stated that he wants the Lakers, not the Celtics to draft his son. He even went as far as saying Markelle Fultz is better than his son , just trying to suade the league to let Ball slip. He isn't wrong there, Fultz is better and will have a better career (With the Celtics hopefully). Even if Fultz slips to LA or any other team, he will be an offensive threat for years to come. The Lakers should be worried to have Lavar so close to his son, giving him 24/7 access to his most current prized possession/ son. The league will just have to hope once Lonzo gets drafted his dad will just focus his attention on to the next son.
As far as Lonzo's game goes, his passing and athleticism will transfer over to the NBA pretty smoothly I think, but there is something about his shot I don't like. Maybe I didn't watch him enough, but it looks like a shot that is going to get blocked a lot in the NBA. It's not Shawn Marion weird, but it's definitely unorthodox . I would love for LA to pass over Lonzo just to piss his father off. I would feel terrible for Lonzo's career, a career that has yet to be started, be tarnished by his father/agent.
The findings in this "Sports Science" suggest his shooting form will be a problem, but then they quickly switch angles and praise him for his quick release. You put him in the NBA with that shot, there will be growing pains. Quick release or not, the ball still has to go in. With the pressure of being a rookie, that shot will put him on long cold streaks. If I were LA, Id take a hard long look at De'Aaron Fox before they put all the balls in one basket.
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