Lonzo Ball’s transition from college to the NBA has not been seamless. The No. 2 overall pick out of UCLA is averaging 9.5 points, 7.2 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Lakers (6-8), who have lost three of four. He also still has his father, LaVar, to contend with.
Or better yet, we do as fans.
Lonzo seems to navigate Lonzo’s personality A-OK, but what about the Lakers? Big picture, is it good to have a personality like LaVar’s so involved and so entrenched with the franchise player? And the franchise itself?
“It just depends on the type of person you are,” 17-year NBA vet Metta World Peace said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Every owner, every GM, every coach is different. Some people are for character; some people are not. I don’t speak to Magic that often. But I would say LaVar would be a great coach one day. I think he’s a pretty brilliant basketball mind.”
That’s right. Metta said brilliant.
“I think he’s into the business,” World Peace continued. “He loves the entertainment part, but I think he’s really good at telling people what he wants, telling people what to do and kind of coaching in that role or maybe even being a general manager. He loves control, and he loves the game – and he obviously knows the game because he has three sons that are really good players. So I think he would do well.”
LaVar has done a great job of putting his sons on the map. He also has his own reality TV show, Ball In The Family.
That’s all well and good, but in L.A., it all comes down to winning. Winning and entertainment, right?
“L.A., you can mistake it for entertainment, but when you look at Shaq, Kobe, Rick Fox, Derek Fisher, myself – it was hard-nosed players there and entertainment surrounded us,” said World Peace, who played for the Lakers from 2009-13 and again from 2015-17. “We’ll see, but the thing I like about Lonzo is he can have an effect on the game and shoot 20 percent. A lot of people don’t really understand what that means (in the age of analytics). It’s really refreshing to see a young player who’s struggling but still has an effect on the game because it goes against everything (the analytics say).”