LaMelo Ball’s season in Australia ended due to injury, but the 18-year-old prospect did enough to supplant himself near the top of NBA Draft boards.
Yet, LaVar seemingly cannot get out of his son’s way.
For the past few months, the outlandish father of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo has toned things down and mostly avoided drawing headlines in the media. It could have been an effort to ease the concerns of teams reluctant to draft LaMelo after witnessing the drama unfold between LaVar and the Lakers last year. The latest episode of Ball in the Family didn’t help that cause at all, though.
In a meeting with Big Baller Brand’s new manager Chris Rivers, LaVar was urged against being so outspoken because it could negatively affect the brand and his son’s draft stock. At first, LaVar was receptive to that idea. It just didn’t last long.
Later in the episode, LaMelo’s manager, Jermaine Jackson, spoke to LaVar with similar concerns from Australia. An NBA scout wanted to know what would happen if his team took LaMelo with the No. 1 pick and only played him 12 minutes a game off the bat. Would LaVar cause a scene in the press? Would it be another LaVar-Lakers-Walton situation?