On verge of lifelong NBA dream, Lonzo Ball ready for his moment
NEW YORK – Where the dad wants his son to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, the son just wants to play in the NBA.
“Whoever calls me, I’m going to be happy,” Lonzo Ball told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday evening.
Where the dad is brash, outspoken and cocky, the son is reserved, soft-spoken and humble.
“As long as we’re winning, I’ll be happy,” Ball said. “Whatever happens in my career, if we’re winning, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be good.”
Ball, who is expected to be the No. 2 pick by the Lakers in Thursday’s NBA draft, answered several questions about his dad, LaVar, at Wednesday’s news conference with top draft prospects.
That dry humor was also on display in a recent Father’s Day Foot Locker commercial featuring prospects recalling special moments with their dads – games in the driveway and driving long-distance to basketball tournaments.
Then Lonzo Ball chimes in, “Of course there’s that big day when your dad berates your high school coach in front of an entire crowd for not getting you enough touches.”