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LaVar Ball Isn’t Going to Reach Out to Kobe Bryant to Ask for Advice for His Son Lonzo

Submitted by on May 11, 2017 – 3:47 pmNo Comment

Oh, LaVar Ball. You just keep finding ways to stir the pot, don’t you? It’s getting you the attention you’re looking for, but is it ultimately going to backfire and end up burning your son Lonzo?

Over the course of the last few months, LaVar has said all kinds of crazy things in reference to NBA stars. He has compared Lonzo to Steph Curry. He has said that all three of his sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo, are capable of being better than Michael Jordan. And he has even taken shots at LeBron James’ kids as a means to get his kids’ names out there into the world. A lot of what he has said has been off-the-wall crazy, but it’s also helped to raise his entire family’s profile.

His latest remarks could end up impacting Lonzo greatly, though, especially if the Los Angeles Lakers end up selecting him in the 2017 NBA Draft. Because during an interview with ESPN Radio 710 LA on Thursday, LaVar said that, although Kobe Bryant has mentioned that he would be more than happy to mentor any NBA players who want his help, he doesn’t want Lonzo talking to him. If Lonzo and Kobe just so happened to be in the same place at the same time, that would be fine with LaVar. But otherwise, he’s against the idea of Lonzo and Kobe linking up, because he wants Lonzo to play his game and not be influenced too much by Kobe.

“I don’t need no advice from Kobe Bryant,” LaVar said on the radio. “I don’t need advice from Kobe Bryant. ‘Zo’s got to play his game. If they’re at practice and he sees something and Lonzo listens to him or whatever, he’s good…But it’s just not, ‘OK, I’m talking to Kobe, so now I’m going to be good.’ If Kobe sees something that ‘Zo is doing, then go from there. But I’m not trying to pattern after nobody.”

LaVar is obviously allowed to say whatever he wants to say about Kobe. And him saying that he wants Lonzo to be Lonzo and not Kobe is all well and good. But comments like these rub people the wrong way, and we would guess that they rub Kobe the wrong way, too. And is that really the impression LaVar wants to make just one month before his son is scheduled to be drafted? If he’s selected by the Lakers, this would get him off to an awful start.

Let’s hope Lakers fans—and Kobe—are able to look past LaVar’s most recent comments and see that it’s him talking here and not Lonzo. Otherwise, Lonzo is going to end up being the one who has to deal with the backlash that comes along with the things his dad just said about Kobe.

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