What will LaVar Ball do if the Lakers pass on his son?
The stars appear to be aligning for the Los Angeles Lakers to take Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft.
It makes complete sense, of course. He’s got an incredibly high ceiling and he’s a local guy, which might help him feel comfortable transitioning from UCLA to the NBA.
But here’s the thing: What if the Lakers don’t take Ball?
What if the mock drafts all miss, and if Magic Johnson decides LaVar Ball is too much of a headache, and now 29 other NBA teams are scrambling to figure out if they could take Lonzo and whether he’d actually play for them or not?
And the icing on the cake here to complete what would be an all-time memorable NBA Draft night: What would LaVar do if it happens?
This has nothing to do with Lonzo. We’re all rooting for him to have the career he’s destined to have, and for him to succeed no matter where he goes.
This is about how we’ve listened to his father making headlines left and right for his outlandish claims, with his super-expensive sneakers and with claiming he “spoke it into existence” that Lonzo would land on the Lakers. We’ve hung on every word, even if we didn’t agree with him, and he’s thrust himself out there with endless trash talk, brags and predictions.
Every camera at that draft will be on him and his family on Thursday night, regardless of the outcome of the Lakers pick. And we’ll all want to see what happens if his plan doesn’t come true at the finish line. We can’t turn away from the LaVar Ball Show, because we’re all waiting for what crazy thing he’ll say or do next. Which means we’re all in this together, for better or for worse.
Look, given how this situation has shaken out, Lonzo-to-the-Lakers is probably happening. LaVar will get to say he willed it into existence and that it was destined to be, and we’ll all tune in and wait for what happens if he’s not happy with the direction of the Lakers.
But imagine how much crazier Thursday night would be if that didn’t happen, especially for Lonzo’s dad.