The media tour of LaVar Ball is not expected to negatively impact the draft stock of Lonzo Ball.
Ball is widely expected to be a top-2 pick in the draft and fall no lower than third.
As one general manager put it, and many other executives confirmed in various forms when consulted on the matter, “No one’s paying attention to Ball’s father.”
“Lonzo Ball is a game changer with his skill set and ability to make plays (that) one can’t teach,” one front office executive said. “He makes your team better once he gets on the floor. His instincts and ability to push the ball up the floor with a pass first mentality is something a coach can’t teach.”
Several executives reiterated that Ball would be drafted in the top three regardless of his dad.
Other executives acknowledged the scenario would be different if Ball came with red flags in regards to his character.
“There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA," the GM said.
Said another executive: “Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time.”